Former Political Editor of South East, BBC
Louise has been the Political Editor for BBC South East covering politics for television, radio and also an online blog for almost four years.
As well as reporting on all things political for Kent, Sussex and Surrey, she also regularly works as a political correspondent for network news appearing on the main BBC one TV news bulletins, News Channel, Radio 4 and 5 Live.
Prior to that she was a political reporter based at Millbank in London and covered the last general election, the resignation of Gordon Brown and formation of the Coalition.
Previously, Louise was a reporter and presenter for BBC Scotland based in Edinburgh – presenting live political programmes on TV and radio. Whilst at BBC Scotland, Louise took a sabbatical and was awarded a Winston Churchill Fellowship to travel across North America. She went from New York, to North Carolina and onto Montreal, Quebec and Halifax looking at the historical links between Scotland and North America.
Having always wanted to be a journalist, Louise joined the BBC in 1995 as a graduate News Trainee based in Bristol. She spent six months there before taking up her first job at BBC North West working for Radio Merseyside and then for television at North West Tonight. After a couple of years there she decided to return home to Scotland.
Louise studied English Literature and Politics at Aberdeen University before being awarded a scholarship to undertake a post-graduate in journalism studies in Glasgow. She attended Lossiemouth High School in Morayshire.