Cathy is one of Channel 4 News’ main studio presenters. She joined Channel 4 News as political correspondent in January 2006.
Since arriving at Channel 4 News, Cathy’s scoops have included allegations of sexual impropriety against the Lib Dem peer Lord Rennard; the investigation into a British paedophile who abused vulnerable boys in Kenya – a report which led to his jailing; the arrest of David Cameron’s most senior aide and the disclosure that five illegal immigrants worked at the Home Office. She was also the only broadcast journalist to travel with Angelina Jolie and the foreign secretary William Hague to the Congo as part of campaign against sexual violence.
Cathy presents other Channel 4 programmes including the recent Alternative Election Night with Jeremy Paxman. She also presented the 2010 Alternative Election Night along with How to Save £100bn with Krishnan Guru-Murthy. She regularly presents Channel 4’s Dispatches programmes and has appeared on Have I Got News For You and Christmas University Challenge.
Cathy’s interview with Peter Mandelson in 2009, in which she challenged him over his four-letter tirade to newspaper bosses, became a You Tube hit.
Prior to arriving at Channel 4 News, Cathy worked as chief political correspondent for the Financial Times for three years. Before that she covered politics and media for the FT. Cathy joined the FT from the Independent where she was media business correspondent.
In 2000, Cathy won the prestigious Laurence Stern Fellowship, spending four months following in the footsteps of Woodward and Bernstein at the Washington Post.
Cathy is an experienced conference host and speaker. She has also chaired many events and hosted many awards ceremonies.
She is consistently praised for her professional, thorough and engaging approach, and is frequently invited back to host and chair events.
Cathy’s recent testimonials include:
Chair, Chartered Institute of Housing Conference – Cathy was outstanding, she held the sessions together incredibly well and her questioning of speakers was perfect. She was a pleasure to work with and would recommend her to chair any event.
Host, Curry Life Awards – Cathy was wonderful. Cathy managed the event so professionally, simply amazing. She was the best host we had so far for our events. She is very approachable and easy to work with. Even though we had one conversation over the phone prior to the event and she was only given the script few hours before, she managed it so well, cannot find any fault. We had so much positive feedback. Please pass on our gratitude and appreciations to her. We would love to work with her in the future.
Host, Engineering Awards Dinner – Everyone who attended the event agreed that you were an excellent host for the evening, pitching your remarks and insights at exactly the right level, and presenting the awards with the panache.
Chair, University and Colleges Conference – A note to thank you for your wonderful chairing of the conference. Your chairing was excellent, and we very much valued your thoughtful approach and poignant questioning.
Chair, CBI event – Thank you, for your chairing, you did a fantastic job! The event was a huge success and that was all thanks to your great performance and your help throughout the planning.
Host, Mentor Awards – Many many thanks for Thursday. You were terrific at handling all the moving parts and making the guests and award winners very relaxed. I have had overwhelmingly positive feedback and very positive views on your hosting.