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Martha Kearney
Martha Kearney

Martha Kearney has presented Woman's Hour since 1998 on Fridays and the weekend edition on Saturdays.

Starting her career at LBC/IRN Radio, she worked as a phone operator and a news information researcher, a reporter, a presenter and a lobby correspondent before a spending a year on A Week in Politics for Channel 4.

On joining the BBC she worked as a reporter for BBC1's On the Record between 1988 and 1994 before going to Newsnight. Since 2000 she has been political editor of Newsnight and presents the programme from time to time.

Martha was nominated for a BAFTA award for her coverage of the Northern Ireland Peace Process in 1998. She was (with Jenni Murray) 2004 TRIC Radio Presenter of the Year and has won a Sony Bronze Award for a special on child poverty.

In June 2002 Martha made a special Woman's Hour programme from Afghanistan. "One of the most amazing experiences during my time at the BBC was a trip to Afghanistan when I was able to make programmes for both Woman's Hour and Newsnight. I find both programmes complement each other well. Woman's Hour has a hard hitting current affairs agenda on subjects like women's prisons and domestic violence but the programme also gives me a chance to do live interviews on a much wider range of subjects than news."

Over the years she has interviewed hundreds of interesting women including Hillary Clinton, Condoleeza Rice, Jane Fonda, Madeleine Albright, Tracey Emin and Cherie Booth.

Martha has also presented the Today programme, World At One and PM on Radio Four.

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