Susana Mendonça’s obsession with political journalism began when she covered a student fees protest in her home city of London for her university newspaper.
After watching an impassioned Tony Benn address the crowd, she asked him for an interview - her article made a page lead.
Clear that this was her calling, she went on to cut her teeth as a reporter on the Wanstead & Woodford Guardian where more political interviews followed - including the day she spent following local MP Iain Duncan Smith around Westminster.
But print gave way to a career in broadcasting when BBC London spotted her and trained her up as a radio reporter. Life on the wireless took her from London to Lincolnshire - among other places - before she became a TV journalist at BBC South East, where she got to interview Nick Clegg live on air from College Green.
Next stop on her tour of the country was Birmingham – to become the West Midlands Politics Show reporter. She covered 2010's dramatic General Election both as a reporter and presenter there; and made a name for herself with her live interviews with politicians and public figures - including the Reverend Jesse Jackson who was on a flying visit to Birmingham.
She’s a Londoner born and bred – but with a Portuguese twist. Her parents hail from the beautiful island of Madeira.
Make sure you pronounce her name correctly or you will be in trouble. For the record Mendonsa is the correct way. The squiggle under the c is called a cedilla and Susana is proud of her Portuguese roots.
Outside work Susana likes to travel to sunny parts of the world and takes lots of pictures along the way.