Laura Smith is the senior correspondent for RT UK in London. Reporting mainly on social and political stories, she has been on the ground in the UK and Western Europe for most of the defining news events of the last 6 years. A fluent French speaker, Laura was on the first Eurostar into Paris in the wake of November’s terror attacks, and has reported from the Calais Jungle. She was RT’s only correspondent in the UK during the 2010 student demonstrations, and also reported extensively on the 2011 riots. Laura has witnessed the London office of RT blossom from a one-woman bureau into a fully-fledged multi-platform international news operation. Prior to coming to London, Laura was Business Presenter for RT International in Moscow, on the desk during the first days of the banking collapse that triggered the global financial crisis. Laura has a degree in Russian and French from the University of Manchester, UK. She also speaks Spanish.