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Ritula Shah

A self confessed "anorak" Ritula has been listening to Radio 4 ever since she can remember. She woke up with Jack de Manio and "listened with mother".

Having ignored her father's advice to become a lawyer, she graduated in History from Warwick University in 1988. Soon afterwards, she joined the Radio 4 production team based in Birmingham.

After a spell in regional TV news, she joined the Today programme. Seven years and many nightshifts later, Ritula made the short journey across London to Bush House -- where she became one of the presenters of the daily news show The World Today. She found herself presenting the programme from a variety of unlikely locations, including a building site at the back of a mosque in Tehran and under a table on a rooftop in Moscow (the only place where the equipment was protected from the snow).

Ritula is now a presenter of The World Tonight and Saturday PM - and in 2011 won Media Professional of the Year at the Asian Women of Achievement Awards

"Even my Mum's impressed," she says, "who could ask for more?"

You can follow Ritula on Twitter @ritula and on Facebook

Ritula Shah

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