Martha Kearney

Presenter, The World at One on BBC Radio 4


Martha Kearney presents The World at One.

Starting her career at LBC/IRN Radio, she worked as a phone operator and a news information researcher, a reporter, a presenter and a lobby correspondent before spending a year on A Week in Politics for Channel 4.

On joining the BBC she worked as a reporter for BBC One’s On the Record between 1988 and 1994 before going to Newsnight, where from 2000-2007 she was political editor.

Martha was nominated for a BAFTA award for her coverage of the Northern Ireland Peace Process in 1998. She was (with Jenni Murray) 2004 TRIC Radio Presenter of the Year and won a Sony Bronze Award for a special on child poverty.

Martha presented Woman’s Hour from 1998 to early 2007. In June 2002 she made a special Woman’s Hour programme from Afghanistan.”One of the most amazing experiences during my time at the BBC was a trip to Afghanistan when I was able to make programmes for both Woman’s Hour and Newsnight. I found both programmes complemented each other well. Woman’s Hour has a hard hitting current affairs agenda on subjects like women’s prisons and domestic violence but the programme also gives me a chance to do live interviews on a much wider range of subjects than news.”

Martha has also presented the Today programme and PM on Radio 4.

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