Martha Kearney Biography

Martha Kearney (Catherine) is a reporter and newscaster from the United Kingdom and Ireland. She was the leading news anchor of BBC Radio 4’s lunchtime news program The World at One for 11 years before becoming a broadcaster of the early morning Today program in April 2018.

How old is Martha Stephen Kearney? – Age

Martha Catherine Kearney was born on 8 October 1957 in Dublin, Ireland. She is years in 2021.

Where did Martha Kearney go to school? – Education

Throughout her primary school years, she attended St Joseph’s (later St Wilfrid’s) Catholic School in Burgess Hill, Sussex, then shortly attended Brighton and Hove High School before finishing her secondary education at George Watson’s Ladies College, Edinburgh. She studied classics at St Anne’s College, Oxford, from 1976 to 1980. She volunteered in hospital radio during her final year at Oxford.

Martha Kearney Wife – Family

Kearney was born in Dublin and raised in an academic family; her dad, historian Hugh Kearney, taught at Sussex and then Edinburgh universities.

Kearney’s husband

She married Chris Shaw in 2002. She hasn’t revealed any information concerning her kids.

Martha Kearney The BBC journalist
Martha Kearney The BBC journalist

What is Martha Kearney Salary?

Her earning are predicted to range from £250,000-£254,999.

Martha Kearney Net Worth

Her net worth is estimated to range from $1-$5million.

Martha Kearney Career

She started her professional career as a phone operator on phone-in shows at the London commercial radio station LBC and Independent Radio News in London. Kearney was a commentator on the AM program before working as a political news anchor during the 1987 United Kingdom general election. She began working as a reporter on Channel 4’s “A Week in Politics” in 1988. She joined the BBC On the Record political program in 1990.


Kearney began hosting Woman’s Hour on BBC Radio 4 in 1998. In the year 2000, she was appointed political editor of BBC Two’s Newsnight. She reported Newsnight and its day-day consumer survey of entertainment and culture, the Newsnight Review. In 2005, Kearney was a candidate to replace Andrew Marr as the BBC’s political editor, but she was defeated by Nick Robinson.

She was featured in the BBC comedy series Time Trumpet titled “Honey, I Shrunk Martha Kearney,” in which Jeremy Paxman, in a fantasy version of Newsnight, interviewed her at one-third her normal size. She also appeared in a spoof report from Notting Hill later in the show. She and her father co-presented The Idea of a University, a Radio 4 series about the history of British universities, in 2006.

Her final Woman’s Hour broadcast was on March 19, 2007, and her final Newsnight broadcast was on March 23, 2007. On April 16, 2007, she took over as the primary host of Radio 4’s lunchtime news show, The World at One. From 2006 to 2014, she hosted Newsnight Review, which evolved into The Review Show.

In 1998, she received a BAFTA nomination for her reporting of the Northern Ireland Peace Process. She was named TRIC radio presenter of the year in 2004, along with Jenni Murray, and she received a Sony bronze award for a program about child poverty. In 2006, she was named The House magazine’s Political Commentator of the Year. She received the Voice of the Listener and Viewer’s Best Individual Contribution to Radio award in 2014.

She did win an episode of the Great Comic Relief Bake Off in 2013, beating out Claudia Winkleman, Ed Byrne, and Helen Glover.

Kearney took over as the main presenter of Today on Radio 4 in April 2018, after Sarah Montague left the show.

She has also hosted Talking Books from the Hay Festival for the BBC, where she interviewed authors such as Kazuo Ishiguro and Marlon James.


Kearney served as a judge for the Baillie Gifford Prize for Nonfiction in 2004. In 2020, she presided over the prize’s judging panel.

She presided over the judges for the women-only Orange Prize for Fiction in 2005.

Kearney presided over the Hippocrates Prize for Poetry and Medicine’s judging panel in 2012.

Kearney served as a judge for the Man Booker Prize in 2013.

In 2013–2014, Kearney served as President of the Classical Association.

Her husband worked on the Academy Award-nominated short documentary Watani: My Homeland as an executive producer. In the run-up to the ceremony, Kearney discussed her “red carpet” preparations with Eddie Mair on Radio 4 PM.

Kearney is an avid beekeeper who has produced the BBC shows Who Killed The Honey Bee (2009) for BBC Four, The Wonder of Bees (2014) for BBC Four, and Hive Alive (2014) for BBC Two, co-produced with Chris Packham.

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