Martha Kearney Biography
Martha Catherine Kearney is a British-Irish media personality who works for the BBC as the early morning Today presenter and was the primary presenter of BBC Radio 4’s lunchtime news program. She formerly worked as a reporter for Channel 4’s A Week in Politics and as a reporter and correspondent for the AM program.
Martha Kearney Age
Martha was born in Dublin, Ireland on October 8, 1957.
Martha Kearney Height
She is 5 feet 5 inches tall.
Martha Kearney Education
After a brief stay at Brighton and Hove High School, Martha attended St. Joseph’s (later St. Wilfrid’s) Catholic School in Burgess Hill, Sussex. She finished her secondary education at George Watson’s Ladies College in Edinburgh. She completed her final year of study in classics at St. Anne’s College in Oxford, where she also volunteered in hospital radio.
Martha Kearney Family
Kate Murphy and Hugh Francis Kearney are the parents of Martha. Her father was an Amundson Professor Emeritus at the University of Pittsburgh and a British historian. In the 1940s, Kearney studied history at Cambridge’s Peterhouse. While teaching at University College Dublin, where she was an undergraduate, he met his wife. The British Isles: A History of Four Nations is his book. On October 1, 2017, he passed away. Peter and Jamie Kearney, Kearney’s two brothers, were raised with her.
Martha Kearney Husband
Kearney is married to ITN’s editorial director, Chris Shaw. He formerly worked as a Senior Programme Controller for Channel Five, News at Ten’s Programme Editor, Channel 4 News Home and Foreign News Editor, and the Big Breakfast News Launch Editor. Chris is also a Fellow of the Royal Television Society, a Director of the Edinburgh TV Festival, and a regular media pundit for major newspapers and broadcast networks. The couple met at Oxford University and tied the knot in 2001.
Martha Kearney Children
No information regarding her children is available.
Martha Kearney Salary
Her annual income ranges from £255,000 to £255,999.
Martha Kearney’s Net Worth
Her estimated net worth is unknown.
Martha Kearney Career
One of Martha’s biggest interests is keeping bees.” When we married nine years ago, some of our friends pooled their resources and bought us a beehive, and I questioned how “on top of everything else with my job, I was going to manage bees,” which is a difficult chore. The hive arrived as a kit, so we assembled it and I painted it – it is one of those gorgeous old-fashioned ones.” She stated this during an interview. After meeting Jan Driver, a local beekeeper who became her mentor, she began beekeeping. She is obsessed with beekeeping and can frequently be found tweeting about it on Twitter. She has also written a series that chronicles her beekeeping year and discusses the
Martha began her career on Channel Four in 1987 as a correspondent for A Week in Politics. Her current affairs career continued on the BBC’s On The Record, Panorama, and Newsnight, where she produced films inside Holloway Prison and with Glasgow drug addicts, as well as reporting from India, Pakistan, and Nicaragua. She was appointed political editor of Newsnight in 2000. Since 1987, Martha has covered every election and interviewed every British Prime Minister. She has also interviewed Hillary Clinton, Condoleezza Rice, John McCain, Nancy Pelosi, and Bob Dole, among others.
Martha covered the Northern Ireland Troubles for many years and received a BAFTA nomination as a result. She revealed the story about Martin McGuinness’s covert talks with the British administration. She interviewed paramilitary prisoners at the Maze Prison and eventually produced a documentary about the jail’s history. She also produced a documentary about the Good Friday Agreement, which featured interviews with important participants.
She took over as host of The World at One in 2007, conducting numerous news-making interviews and noticing an increase in audience. Martha has visited Afghanistan three times since 2002, most recently accompanying the British Army’s commander. Martha was the host of Woman’s Hour for nearly a decade, and her guests included Amy Winehouse, Hilary Mantel, Courtney Love, Arundhati Roy, and Jane Fonda. Martha interviewed artists Peter Doig, Anthony Gormley, Tracey Emin, Cornelia Parker, and Ed Ruscha while hosting Newsnight Review for many years.
She has also made films about Jane Austen, Lewis Carroll, and the Bronte sisters, Great Irish Journeys, various honey bee series, and a Painted Lady butterfly series. Her first career in broadcasting was as a phone-in operator at London’s LBC/IRN Radio, where she later worked as a reporter, presenter, and lobby correspondent.
Political Commentator of the Year (House Magazine), Radio Presenter of the Year (TRIC), and Best Individual Contribution to Radio (Voice of Listener and Viewer) are among her honors.