Martha Kearney (Chair)
Martha Kearney is a presenter on BBC Radio 4, she began her career in broadcasting as a phone-in operator at LBC/IRN radio, since then she has been a political, current affairs and arts reporter. Martha has presented on BBC’s Woman’s Hour, On The Record, Panorama and Newsnight where she made films inside Holloway prison and with drug addicts in Glasgow as well as reporting from India, Pakistan and Nicaragua.
As a presenter, Martha’s interview history ranges widely and includes Amy Winehouse, Hilary Mantel, Tracey Emin, Cornelia Parker and Jane Fonda. Martha has covered every UK election since 1987 and interviewed every British Prime Minister since, she has also covered every US election since 1988 interviewing many American politicians including Hillary Clinton, Condoleezza Rice, John McCain, Nancy Pelosi and Bob Dole.
Martha was nominated for a BAFTA for covering the Troubles in Northern Ireland. Her television work includes documentaries on The Good Friday Agreement, Jane Austen, Lewis Carroll, the Bronte sisters, Great Irish Journeys and several series about the honey bee and one about the Painted Lady butterfly.