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Sally Magnusson

Sally Magnusson presents and reports for a range of BBC programmes in the areas of current affairs, politics, news and religion.

Currently these include on television - Reporting Scotland, Panorama, Songs of Praise, and on radio Sally on Sunday (Radio Scotland) and the genealogy series Tracing Your Roots (Radio 4).

In the last few years she has also presented the BBC 1 daytime strands Missing, Britain's Streets, the award-winning Britain's Secret Shame and BBC Two's Daily Politics on Friday.

She began her career as a journalist on The Scotsman and then the Sunday Standard.

She joined BBC Scotland to present current affairs programmes and went on to present Sixty Minutes, the BBC's successor to Nationwide, for network television.

In October 1986 she joined BBC One's Breakfast Time, later Breakfast News, as one of the main presenters and stayed with the programme until moving back to her native Glasgow in the mid-nineties.

In 1996 she won a Scottish Bafta for her commentary on the BBC's Dunblane: A Community Remembers, and in 1998 was awarded a Royal Television Society award for her exclusive television interview with Earl Spencer, Diana: My Sister the Princess.

In 2004 her acclaimed series Britain's Secret Shame, credited with raising awareness of the problem of abuse of the elderly in Britain's care homes, won the Royal Television Society's award for Best Daytime Series.

As a reporter she's covered the General Elections in 1997, 2001 and 2005, the funeral of Princess Diana and the opening of the new Scottish Parliament.

She commented for the BBC on the funerals of Scottish First Minister Donald Dewar, Cardinal Basil Hume and Cardinal Thomas Winning. In 2003 she began presenting innovative current affairs programmes for BBC Daytime, to which politics was added during the May 2005 elections when she hosted a round-Britain series of audience participation shows, Election Roadshow.

In September 2005 she co-presented the BBC's coverage of the party conferences for the Daily Politics.

Sally has presented programmes on Radio 2, Radio 4 and Radio Scotland, and is the author of books including The Flying Scotsman, Clemo, Family Life, Glorious Things and Dreaming of Iceland.