Jane Garvey

Presenter, BBC Radio 4


Born Liverpool 1964. Degree in English from Birmingham University. Worked as a Medical Records Clerk in an NHS hospital before getting a job as a “Promotions Assistant” at Radio Wyvern in Worcester in 1987. Basically, I gave out car stickers at agricultural shows. Joined BBC local radio in 1988. Became the presenter of the Breakfast Show at BBC Hereford and Worcester in 1989. Joined BBC Radio Five Live when it opened in 1994, and was the first voice on air. During 13 (13!!) years at Five Live I co-presented Breakfast and Drive, covering events like the election of 1997, Diana’s death, 9/11, and the Olympic Games in Atlanta and Athens. I now present Woman’s Hour on Radio 4, and occasionally I’m allowed on to Radio 2. But not often. Woman’s Hour is a brilliant place to work and allows me to meet and interview some of the most interesting and influential people in Britain. And it’s a life of contrasts. This week I’ve interviewed David Cameron and Martha Lane-Fox. And discussed buying your first bra.

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