Oana Lungescu

NATO Spokesperson

  • Last updated: 28 Aug. 2014 19:38

Oana Lungescu is the NATO Spokesperson.


Born in Bucharest on 29.06.1958


2009-2010: European Affairs Correspondent, BBC World Service, Berlin
1997-2009: European Affairs Correspondent, BBC World Service, Brussels
1994-1996: Editor, Romanian Service, BBC World Service, London
1992-1993: Deputy Head, Romanian Service, BBC World Service, London
1985-1992: Reporter, Romanian Service, BBC World Service, London
1983-1985: freelance translator
1981-1983: English teacher, Busteni, Romania


Bucharest University, English and Spanish Studies, M Phil, 1981
“C.A.Rosetti” English-tuition high school in Bucharest, Baccalaureate, 1977

Oana Lungescu joined NATO after a long journalistic career with the BBC World Service, where she covered EU and NATO affairs for radio, television and online. Oana studied English and Spanish at Bucharest University. In 1985, she joined the BBC's Romanian Service in London and subsequently became deputy head and then editor. In 1997, she was appointed European affairs correspondent in Brussels, where she covered practically every EU and NATO summit. Between 2009-2010 she reported on European affairs from Berlin.

Travelling widely across Europe, she documented the impact of the economic and financial crisis, transition to democracy in Central and Eastern Europe, and the shaping of national identity in the Balkans and the former Soviet Union. Her documentary series "State Secrets" – about secret police archives and her own Securitate file -- received a jury's commendation in the 2010 UACES-Thompson Reuters Reporting Europe awards. In 2002, Oana was the recipient of a European Woman of Achievement Award. In 1998, she travelled to Latin America on an Onassis Bursary to report on the legacy of military dictatorships. She has been a guest speaker at the European Policy Centre and the European Journalism Centre and a contributor to "Child of Europe: An Anthology of New East European Poetry" (Penguin International Poets, 1991) and to "More From Our Own Correspondent" (Barnes&Noble, 2009).

Oana Lungescu is the first woman to be appointed NATO spokesperson.