Daisy McAndrew Biography
Background / History
Before moving into broadcasting in 2001 she spent a decade working in Westminster, starting off as a 19-year-old MP’s researcher before writing for many newspapers from the Press Gallery, profiling MPs in The House Magazine – which she ultimately edited – as well as working for Lib Dem Leader Charles Kennedy as his Press Secretary.
She was a consultant on the BBC’s A-Z of Politics and edited The Politics Companion, published by Chrysalis books
Daisy’s interests include all aspects of business and political life, parliament, social affairs, the economy and business. However, she also has a wide range of other interests which she writes about and comments on ranging from all aspects of family life and children’s issues to penal reform, dogs and horses, motorbikes, interior design, party and planning and juggling life as a busy, working Mum.
Daisy supports many charities. She is a Board Member of Internews – a global charity that empowers local media to make the news where there is no 4th Estate. She is also a supporter and mentor for Only Connect – a criminal justice charity getting kids out of crime and into work. She lives in North London with husband John McAndrew – Associate Editor at Sky News – and their two children Milly and Daniel.
She left ITV News to go freelance in December 2012 after a very successful seven years during which time she was their most senior female reporter, having been Chief Political Correspondent, Economics Editor and Special Correspondent.
As Economics Editor she reported on the credit crunch and recession from all over the world.
As well as reporting for ITV News she also presented their Lunchtime and Weekend News and ITV’s Moral of the Story.
Before joining ITV she presented (as Daisy Sampson) the BBC’s Daily Politics and was BBC Breakfast News’ Political Correspondent.
Daisy was the host of the O2 Business Show on LBC 97.3 in 2013 which was a weekly discussion with leading British business experts. She currently reviews the papers for both BBC and Sky News.
She has also presented her own drive time show on LBC Radio and has presented Channel 4’s Powerhouse, the BBC’s Heaven and Earth Show and BBC Weekend News. She also presented TV on Trial in 2005 with John Sergeant.
Daisy has appeared regularly on Have I Got News for You?, The Wright Stuff, Loose Women and Despatch Box as well as many Radio5 Live programmes. She is a familiar face on ITV’s This Morning and Daybreak.
Former Chief Correspondent and Economics Editor for ITV News. Political correspondent for BBC News. Began as a researcher in the House of Commons and edited The House Magazine at the age of 23.
As a journalist with more than 20 years’ experience, with the BBC and ITN amongst others, she has held many positions including Chief Political Correspondent and Economics Editor.
She has interviewed countless Chief Executives and Chairmen, as well as Cabinet Ministers and Prime Ministers and so is not phased by top level speakers – but equally interested in every aspect of the event, its speakers and the audience.
She is happy to draw on her experiences as a Parliament Lobby journalist, a TV presenter, a newsreader, a spin doctor, a radio host, a breakfast TV reporter – and a working mum – to give the audience her take on the news of the day or the subject under discussion, whether that be Brexit, financial regulation, women on boards, challenges facing small businesses or predictions for the next election…
She does in-depth research for every conference she handles and has the confidence and expertise to lead debates and question panellists, whilst putting both those on the stage and those in the audience at their ease with her friendly and informal manner.
Daisy has considerable warmth and wit that will delight at any event.She also prides herself on her ability to keep even the busiest agenda to time.