Sunday October 21, 2018

martha kearney

journalist and broadcaster


Martha Kearney presents The World at One on Radio Four and Newsnight Review on BBC2, and has developed a reputation as one of the BBC’s most respected political journalists.
Martha began her career at LBC/IRN Radio, where 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.

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. She became political editor of Newsnight in 2000 and after 9/11 Martha covered Tony Blair's whirlwind of diplomacy around the Middle East, interviewing the Prime Minister in the Omani desert and on his plane, in 2003, Martha attended the Hutton inquiry and reported for Newsnight each evening. In December 2005 she was named Political Commentator of the Year by The House Magazine, (voted by MPs and peers). Martha has also presented the Today programme and PM on Radio 4.

Martha presented Woman's Hour from 1998 to early 2007. Over the years she has interviewed hundreds of interesting women including Hillary Clinton, Condoleeza Rice, Jane Fonda, Madeleine Albright, Tracey Emin and Cherie Booth. 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 is married to Chris Shaw, a programme controller at Channel Five, and Lives in London.