Martyn Oates was born and grew up in West Cornwall, before reading history at St John's College, Oxford.
After postgraduate research in medieval French history, he returned to the West Country as a cub reporter on the Western Morning News.
He spent two very happy years learning the black arts of journalism as a district reporter in North Devon.
Promoted to Business Editor, Martyn moved to the WMN's head office in Plymouth, before joining the BBC as a political reporter for Spotlight on Westminster in 2001.
Professional life at the BBC began with a bang. Martyn's first day coincided with the confirmation of the first case of foot and mouth in Devon. Since then he has done pretty much every job on the South West's regional political programme.
After working as reporter and assistant producer on Spotlight on Westminster, he produced the programme's last run before launching the Politics Show in the South West in 2003.
He was appointed as BBC South West's political editor in 2008, and clocked up his first election and prime ministerial interview in the first fortnight.
As well as presenting the Sunday Politics, Martyn provides political coverage for BBC Spotlight, Radio Cornwall and Radio Devon.
He also fronts up the BBC's election coverage in the South West. Martyn lives on the Cornish side of the beautiful Tamar Valley. His enthusiasms, in no particular order, include cooking, gardening, walking, singing, dancing, fishing, ecclesiastical history and oysters.
Music plays a very important part in Martyn's life. He is the musical director of the BBC South West Chamber Choir, Resonet.