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Presenter Profile - Susie Fowler-Watt

Susie Fowler-Watt presents BBC Look East, the BBC's regional news programme for the Eastern Counties, alongside co-presenter Stewart White.

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Born in Sussex in 1969, Susie lived at a boys' school which her parents ran. She was the only girl pupil there for a few years, a situation she very much enjoyed!

After a gap year studying in the USA, Susie went to Cambridge University in 1987, where she read philosophy and experimental psychology.

She also acted and sang in a band while she was there.

Afterwards, Susie went on to do a postgraduate diploma in Broadcast Journalism at the London College Of Printing, and was awarded a BBC bursary.

She joined BBC Radio Surrey in 1991 as a production assistant, and became district reporter in Lowestoft for BBC Radio Suffolk a few months later. After stints reporting in Bury St Edmunds and Ipswich, she returned to Surrey in 1993 to work as a news producer, news editor and drivetime presenter.

In 1994 Susie moved to Westminster to become an assistant producer for BBC political programmes. This was her introduction to television, working on the BBC TWO programmes Westminster Live, Westminster Daily and The Midnight Hour, as well as budget and election specials.

Over the next three years, she went on to report on national politics for local radio, and then became the political correspondent for BBC Look East.

She interviewed many of the leading politicians of the day, including Tony Blair, John Major and Gordon Brown.

After the 1997 General Election, Susie was offered the job as presenter of BBC Look East, and has worked alongside Stewart White ever since.

She says, "Stewart and I get on very well, both on and off screen, which makes the job much easier and much more fun."

Both of them have editorial input, and will sometimes report for the programme as well.

Susie has worked for the BBC since she was 21 and is married to Alex Dunlop, a reporter for BBC Look East. They live in Norfolk with their daughter and small menagerie of pets.

In her spare time, Susie enjoys the cinema, theatre and yoga.

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Star sign: Capricorn.
Grew up in: Sussex.

1st job: Waitressing while a student.
1st snog: None of your business!
1st car: A little red Polo.
1st record: Soundtrack of Grease (I also had a John Travolta doll!)

Favourite Things
Food: Roast chicken and all the trimmings.
Sandwich filling: Ham and Swiss cheese.
Place in the world: Home.
Place in Norfolk: The beach at Wells-next-the-Sea.
Item in wardrobe: A baggy sweatshirt bought in Seattle - so comfy!
Song: I'm Walking On Sunshine by Katrina And The Waves.
Film: Four Weddings And A Funeral.
TV Show as an adult: ER.
TV Show as a child: Dallas!
Colour: Green.

Best day out in the east: Punting on a summer's day in Cambridge.

Worst present: An ancient plug-in wall clock that went backwards when I turned it on.
Habit: Worrying.

How do you spend your leisure time: Occasional exercise, though more often I've got my feet up with the papers.

Person you’d most like to be trapped in a lift with? My husband because he'd work something out.

Person you’d least like to be trapped in a lift with? An It girl.

Cartoon character you most associate yourself with? Lara Croft (in my dreams!).

Top Tip: Laughing is really good for you.

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