I began working in commercial radio in Manchester in 1991 and got
my first break working for BBC Radio Lancashire as a travel reporter.
I then moved into presenting shows at BBC GMR, BBC Asian Network,
BBC WM and BBC London. I’ve also presented radio programmes
for Radio 5 Live, and one broadcast I’ll never forget was an
on location special about 9/11 from Ground Zero in New York. It was
incredible and definitely an experience I’ll never forget.
It was while working in radio that I was asked to do a screen test.
It went well and since then I’ve worked as a television reporter
and presenter for various BBC programmes including Northwest Today,
Inside Out, and Midlands Today.
I became one of the main anchors on ITV’s Central News East
in 2005 and then after the merger of Central East and West I became
one of the main presenters for ITV Central. Highlights include securing
the only considered sit down interview with Tariq Jahan, the father
who called for calm after losing his son during the riots of 2011 and visiting Buckingham Palace to interview the Duke of Edinburgh.
I’ve been lucky enough to win some awards including the RTS
Best On Screen Personality in 2010, Internal News Group Best News
Feature 2011, the Asian Arts and Cultural Society Media Professional
of the Year 2004 and the Commission for Racial Equality Best Radio
News Programme winner in 1998.
Ever since I started in the industry, I’ve compèred many
high profile award ceremonies and events. Among them the Prince of
Wales Awards, Lloyds TSB Jewel Awards and Music concerts with the
CBSO in Birmingham.
Away from TV I love spending time with my family, my husband is my
best friend, I have a gorgeous daughter and a wonderful son, I also
love swimming, cooking, shopping, and my parents!