Who is James Longman? ABC News journalist marries long-time boyfriend Alex Brannan: 'Mr and Mr'
James Longman, an ABC News journalist, and his boyfriend, Alex Brannan, shared the wonderful news that they were getting married. After being engaged for over two years, the British journalist and his partner got married on Sunday at the Old Marylebone Town Hall in London. In January this year, the couple celebrated the fifth year of their relationship.
The 36-year-old reporter posted a photo on Instagram of his husband and him holding hands and walking down the stairs of the marriage hall. In the caption, Longman wrote, "Mr and Mr 🎉"
"Small disclaimer: this was just the legal bit. Just thought it would be romantic to come back from Ukraine and make it official. Big fun wedding next year for all our family and friends:)", he added.
Longman further uploaded some more pictures of his wedding day on Twitter with the same caption.
About the journalist
James works for ABC News as an overseas journalist. He is located in London and travels the globe for breaking news stories as well as relatively long stories, covering for Good Morning America, World News Tonight, and Nightline, as well as a few other news streaming platforms.
It's a broad mandate that has taken him to more than 40 nations. Examples include the battle against ISIS on the front lines in Syria; encountering Chechen officials about their mistreatment of LBGT citizens; responding to terrorist attacks in Europe and other parts of the world, and bookmarking humpback whales in the Antarctic.
He was the first American television reporter there after the soccer team went missing in a cave in Thailand, and he was the first to speak with them when they were found. He was the first to secure a broadcast talk with American ISIS bride Huda Mothana in Syria, and he traveled the globe to chronicle the coronavirus outbreak as it spread while millions were put on lockdown.
James' reporting from Chechnya earned him a Deadline Club award from the Society of Professional Journalists, and he has been shortlisted for News Emmys for his reporting from the Middle East, Antarctica, Thailand, and Sri Lanka. He received a Royal Television Society Young Talent of the Year nomination in 2016.
He worked for the BBC before working for ABC News, where he served as the organization's Beirut reporter for a while. He began his career in Syria when, at the age of 24, he covered for British publications the demonstrations that kicked off the civil war. He is a fluent speaker of Arabic and French.
In June 2020, Longman asked Brannan to marry him. During the coronavirus epidemic, he made a beautiful video of his proposal and shared it with his fans and followers on the internet. "We're engaged. I asked Alex in the garden while his mum filmed, trying to stop his nephew from running over to us. And then the rest of the family came over. There was quite a lot of crying," he captioned the video.
The mother of Brannan is heard in the video recounting the incident to a small kid when the kid asks what the couple is up to. "James has just asked him to marry him, darling," his mother responded. Family and friends gathered on the lawn to rejoice at the exciting news after Longman and Brannan shared a hug.
In an article for National Coming Out Day in October 2019, Longman discussed his coming-out journey. He said that he started sharing his news with pals when he was 16, and at 24, he told his mother about it through email. "If you're reading this, wherever you are, know that your experience, as unique as it may feel now, has been shared by millions through time. Some have had it worse, others have had it easier. But there is a community waiting for you, with love and understanding. You'll feel as though your life has only just begun," the journalist expressed.