Stephanie McGovern

  • 20 January 2012
  • From the section Business
Stephanie McGovern
Breakfast business presenter

Over the past 10 years, Steph has reported from all the big financial events across the world, most recently from the eurozone crisis summits in Brussels and the Italian debt meetings in Rome.

Originally from Middlesbrough, Steph's first taste of BBC life came aged 19, when she made a guest appearance on a programme about women in science.

Steph had just won the title of Young Engineer for Britain, after saving Black & Decker over £1m on a design she did for their Leaf Hog product.

Following her appearance, Steph secured work experience on Tomorrow's World and not long after, made it on to the payroll as a part-time researcher in the current affairs department, while studying science at University College London.

After graduating with a first class honours degree, Steph stepped into a job producing radio business news at the BBC.

Within months she became the main producer for daily financial news on the Today programme on Radio 4, securing interviews with top business leaders and running a number foreign projects, including a stint in Chicago covering the trial of Conrad Black and a series from Brazil investigating the biofuels industry.

Two years later, within weeks of becoming the producer for the then economics editor, Evan Davis, the financial world was in meltdown. Steph has covered its developments ever since.

For three years Steph was the lead producer of business news on the BBC's One, Six and Ten O'Clock news bulletins. Working with the business editor, Robert Peston, Steph was at the forefront of the BBC's award-winning coverage of the credit crunch and recession.

Voice of "the Godfather"

Never shy of putting in the hours, Steph also spent time building up her own on-air profile, which included working as a business presenter on the Chris Evans Drivetime show on Radio 2 - a role that once required presenting the business news in the voice of the Godfather.

In 2010 Steph moved in front of the microphone full-time as a financial reporter for 5Live. Steph was in charge of all things money for the network and regularly stood in as the main presenter for Wake up to Money and On the Money.

As part of a feature called Steph's Sunday Shift, she also spent time in over 50 different workplaces across the UK, including a gas rig in the Irish Sea, an air traffic control centre and a nuclear power plant.

Along with her daily news duties, Steph is also involved in BBC community projects, such as BBC School Report. She is a school governor in Teesside and regularly runs workshops for schoolchildren around the North East.

And when she's not talking money or media, Steph is a former champion Irish dancer and still keeps her foot in, often attending international competitions, where she helps to coach dancers.