North Down District Journalist - Claire Savage
Claire has been working as a journalist since 2000.
She decided to pursue a career in journalism after the Shankill bombing and the shootings in Loughinisland.
"I was fifteen when both those attacks happened. It perhaps sounds naïve now but at the time I thought that by becoming a journalist and reporting stories showing the huge human loss it might make people stop the killing."
Claire went to the University of Sunderland in the North of England. After leaving university with a first-class honours in journalism she spent a summer in Washington as an intern on Capitol Hill.
Before she joined the BBC, Claire started off as a reporter in commercial radio and television .
In 2005 she won the CIPR Radio Journalist of the Year for her reports on Radio Ulster, and was the Best Newcomer in the Print Journalism section.
More recently she won the Broadcast Feature Journalist category, 2010.
Rise in demand for work schemes
Claire Savage reports on the dramatic increase in demand for back-to-work programmes.