Ione Wells is the BBC’s youngest political correspondent. She reports for television, radio, online, podcasts and social media on UK politics.
Ione has experience presenting live radio programmes, as well as podcasts and documentaries, and extensive public speaking experience. She plans to write her first book. She is available for long-form literary work, short-form writing contributions and article commissions, public speaking, event-hosting, and broadcasting and presenting opportunities.
In covering UK politics, Ione has specialised in a range of topics including energy and climate change, foreign affairs, sexual harassment and workplace culture in politics, violence against women and the criminal justice system. She has covered stories ranging from Brexit and General Elections to the fall of Afghanistan and invasion of Ukraine.
Her exclusive stories have regularly set the national news agenda. She revealed that Boris Johnson knew about a formal sexual harassment complaint about his deputy chief whip Chris Pincher before appointing him — proving that No10 had not told the truth about what the prime minister knew about his behaviour. It was widely credited as being a ‘final straw’ that brought down Boris Johnson. She regularly writes columns and analysis for both BBC News and other national newspapers, magazines and websites.
Ione has given talks including a TED Talk at the TED Global Summit in Canada and a TEDx talk in Greece, on How We Talk About Sexual Assault Online. She has hosted speeches and panels for universities, businesses, consultancies and festivals — in the UK and internationally — on a range of topics including how to build moral courage, how to run a successful campaign, bystander intervention, the criminal justice system, sex education, UK political journalism and more.
Before she was a journalist, Ione founded the international #NotGuilty campaign and website against sexual violence and victim-blaming in 2015.
At university she wrote a thesis on how the trolling of women in the public sphere had evolved from the 17th century to modern day Twitter.