Martha Kearney

Presenter of The World At One on Radio 4 and The Review Show on BBC2, Martha Kearney has developed a reputation as one of the BBC’s most respected political journalists.

As a dedicated apiarist, Martha fronted the BBC4 documentary about the desperate plight of the bee. The documentary, Who Killed The Honey Bee? , aired in 2009.

Martha joined Newsnight in 1994, having previously been a reporter for BBC1’s On the Record, since 1988. She has also reported for Panorama.
She began her journalistic career in radio, and worked as Lobby correspondent for LBC/IRN, before joining Channel Four TV’s respected Week in Politics team. She became political editor of Newsnight in 2000. She presented Woman’s Hour on Radio Four for nine years, from 1998 to 2007.
In 1998 she was nominated for a BAFTA for her coverage of the Northern Ireland peace process, and she won the Sony Radio Bronze award in 2001. Martha was then named Political Commentator of the Year by the House Magazine, in 2005, voted for by MPs and Peers.

Martha is available for a variety of corporate events from fronting in-house DVDs, to facilitating conferences, and hosting awards. Recent corporate work includes compereing the Equality and Human Right Commission Debate, and chairing a ‘Heritage Question Time’ group panel discussion for English Heritage.

I am writing to express my sincere thanks for chairing our human rights debate earlier this week. Feedback from attendees has indicated that they found this to be a hugely enjoyable, helpful and mature debate: due in no small part to your excellent chairing

Thank you for participating in the Heritage Question Time event…it was a fantastic evening… You were quite wonderful! I am new to that sort of occasion and can only admire how skilfully you managed the event, keeping the debate engaging and to time – not an easy task with a group of people with a lot to say!…Thank you once again for being such a professional and for your advice and guidance about these future event.