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Edi Stark

Award winning broadcaster Edi Stark is one of Scotland’s most highly regarded journalists

She was educated at Sciennes and James Gillespie's in Edinburgh before graduating with honours from Aberdeen University. Having decided that English literature was a subject she liked too much to teach within an exam-based curriculum, she qualified as a librarian at Robert Gordon's Institute of Technology. For two years, Edi established multi media resource centres in the Gorbals, Glasgow and Deans Community High School in Livingston. Marriage brought her back to Aberdeen where the schools' library service considered her 'too progressive' for employment and with some regret, she applied to the independent radio station which was not yet 'on air'. Northsound, it soon became apparent, did not need a librarian but the managing director liked her voice. Her career in broadcasting had begun.

After eight happy years as first community co-ordinator, then producer and finally head of speech programmes, Edi went freelance to give her a more flexible working life as a mother of two.

In 1999, she established her own independent radio company, Stark Productions, which produces the weekly conversation series Stark Talk for BBC Radio Scotland. In the industry's most coveted and competitive national Sony Radio Academy awards, Edi has won 7 times. In the most recent Sony awards in 2009, she won her second Gold award for best News Special in the UK and bronze for Best Speech Broadcaster in the UK, a category in which she already holds silver and 2 bronzes.

Now that she is back living in Edinburgh, she spends time entertaining an onslaught of friends and family who share her love for all the capital has to offer:great food, culture, shopping, walks and views to make you weep with pride and pleasure.

Her son, however, never lets her forget that the only football team to support is The Dons.