Evan Harold Davis (born April 8, 1962 in Ashtead, Surrey) is a British economist, journalist and presenter for the BBC. In October 2001, Evan took over from Peter Jay as the BBC's economics editor. He is currently on sabbatical from this post and is a presenter on BBC Radio Four's Today programme. Evan Davis is also the presenter for the BBC venture-capitalist program Dragons' Den.
Davis attended Dorking County Grammar School, which in 1976 became The Ashcombe School, Dorking, and later studied Philosophy, Politics and Economics at St John's College, Oxford from 1981 to 1984, before obtaining an MPA at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. While at Oxford University, Davis edited Cherwell, the student newspaper.
Before joining the BBC as an economics correspondent in 1993, he worked as an economist at the Institute for Fiscal Studies from 1986 to 1988 and again from 1992 to 1993. Between 1988 and 1992 he worked at the London Business School. He worked as economics editor on BBC Two's Newsnight programme from 1997 to 2001.
Davis lives with Guillaume Baltz, a French landscape architect. He is noted for conducting congenial interviews with contestants both successful and unsuccessful, following their intense session with the Dragons. Because of this and his round, almost cartoon-like features, he was described by Charlie Brooker as "the world's biggest Teddy Bear".
Davis is known by the nickname "Tinsel Tits" by his BBC colleagues.