British journalist & BBC news presenter
Louise Minchin: Biography highlights
During her career as an anchor, Minchin has reported on some of the most important events in recent history, including the 7/7 bombings in London, Saddam Hussein’s death and the 2010 UK General Election.
Full biography of Louise Minchin
Louise Minchin’s background
Currently a regular anchor on the BBC News Channel, Louise Minchin presents the News at One. Also working on Radio 5 Live’s ‘Drive’ programme, Louise presented BBC Breakfast for two years between 2010 and 2012 and presented the most recent series of ‘Real Rescues’ on BBC One. Her reputation for excellence has seen her appear in numerous one-off programmes and in a large number of celebrity specials.
- Speaker, chair and host
Confident and approachable, Louise Minchin’s character and experience shine through in her work as a speaker, making her a popular choice for occasions of all kinds.
One of the BBCs most well-known and respected journalists, news anchors and presenters, Louise Minchin currently works on BBC Breakfast and the BBC News at One. In addition to her roles on the news channels, Minchin recently presented BBC Ones Real Rescues and Missing and is frequently a guest presenter on The One Show. During her career she has relayed numerous matters of historical importance to the viewing public, having presented stories such as the 7/7 bombings in London, the death of Saddam Hussein and the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.
Minchin has also interviewed celebrities such as Meat Loaf, Will Smith and Joan Collins, as well as internationally acclaimed magicians Penn and Teller. As a well-known anchor, it is little wonder that Minchin has appeared on several popular BBC shows, including Torchwood and Spooks as herself, adding an additional element of realism to the news broadcasts within the dramas. She has appeared as a celebrity guest on Eggheads, Mastermind, Ready Steady Cook and Ask Rhod Gilbert.
A believer in the importance of charitable work, Minchin took part in the BBCs 2009 series Around the World in 80 Days in aid of Children in Need, in which she and Bill Turnbull travelled from Mongolia to California without using air transport. Other charities Minchin supports or is actively involved with inclde SOS Childrens Villages, Sense (which supports deaf-blind individuals and their families) and Missing People.
Minchin is a popular awards host and moderator who often combines her skill with her charitable work, hosting events such as the Sense Annual Awards. Her level of experience, natural warmth and charisma also make Minchin a popular choice for events held by businesses of all kinds.
Louise Minchin (ne Louise Grayson) was born in Hong-Kong. She graduated from the University of St Andrews with a degree in Spanish before beginning her career as a presenter at Radio 5 Live.
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Louise was a supreme professional, speaking with confidence and interest in a subject that must have been unfamiliar to her. It was testament to her impact on the room that you could hear a pin drop through the whole of her presentation. I really hope Louise is available next year, as judging by the feedback I have had many people will be demanding it.'
Conference for a major bank
'Thank you for the excellent contribution you made to the conference. The whole two days went extremely smoothly thanks to your expert management. I am very appreciative.'
BBC News Festival
'I just wanted to say on a personal note, thank you so much for chairing the God & the BBC session at this years News festival. You structured the debate really well and it made for an engaging and informative discussion. It wasnt the easiest of subjects but you went straight to the heart of the issues and managed to elicit some really strong personal insights from the panellists. I know it is a lot of work and preparation on your part but a huge thank you for taking the time and for making such a welcome contribution to the festival it is very much appreciated'
'Just a small token of our appreciation for your superb performance at the AwardsYour professionalism contributed to the success of the evening, but we were especially taken by the care you took to get a very technical script absolutely perfect and the effort you made to engage our employees and make them feel very special. Our CEO commented that you are the best MC we have had at the event in its 10 years.'