Northern Ireland

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.

Latest story

Rise in demand for work schemes

Claire Savage reports on the dramatic increase in demand for back-to-work programmes.

Previous stories

September

Burma war veterans lay standard

Artist calls for glen protection as wildlife disappears

500 year old stones returned to County Down church

65-year-old Lisburn man crosses Irish Sea in bathtub

August

65-year-old Lisburn man crosses Irish Sea in bathtub

Plans for multi-storey Bangor development spark row

New scheme sees dramatic fall in shoplifting rate

July

Bangor loses Olympic dream due to building delay

Teens feeling aggrieved at shopping centre treatment

Bangor philanthropist gives £3m to residential home

June

Police take youths to racetrack to teach road safety

Girl had signed out of care home on night she died

Police try new approach to tackle underage drinking