Martha Kearney

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Martha is a British presenter and broadcaster who has developed a reputation as one of the BBC’s most respected political journalists.

Before joining the Today programme, she hosted The World At One (BBC Radio 4) for eleven years. She has also presented a number of documentaries on BBC 2 and BBC 4 on history, literature, nature and art.

Martha has presented The Secret World of Lewis Carroll, Great Irish Journeys with Martha Kearney (BBC 4) and Jane Austen: The Unseen Portrait? (BBC 2). In the Books That Made Britain series she presented a special on East Anglia: The Scene of the Crime (BBC4)

Martha presented The Great Butterfly Adventure: Africa to Britain with the Painted Lady (BBC4), and being a keen apiarist she’s hosted The Wonder of BeesWho Killed The Honey Bee? (BBC 4), and Hive Alive (BBC 2).

Martha began her journalistic career in radio, and worked as Lobby Correspondent for LBC/IRN, before joining Channel 4’s Week in Politics team. She has been political editor of Newsnight and presented Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour for nearly a decade. She is now a regular presenter on the Today programme (BBC Radio 4).

Martha has won the Sony Radio Bronze Award and been nominated for a BAFTA for her coverage of Northern Ireland peace process.

Twitter @MarthaKearney

Twitter @MarthaKearney

From everyone at NHS Providers, I wanted to say a big thank you to Martha for her excellent chairing and for playing a major role in ensuring we were able to put on such a high quality event. We’re delighted with the feedback we’ve had from those who attended and all the interest we had on twitter and other channels. It’s been very well received and that is in no small part down to Martha– thank you.

NHS Providers Conference 2019

Martha was a great host and we have received some excellent feedback on how well the whole AGM went. We would certainly be more than happy to work with Martha again, she was extremely professional and also very friendly towards myself and my team.


Martha was excellent and the audience really enjoyed it.


I am writing to express my sincere thanks for chairing our human rights debate earlier this week. Feedback from attendees has indicated that they found this to be a hugely enjoyable, helpful and mature debate: due in no small part to your excellent chairing.


Thank you for participating in the Heritage Question Time event…it was a fantastic evening… You were quite wonderful! I am new to that sort of occasion and can only admire how skilfully you managed the event, keeping the debate engaging and to time , not an easy task with a group of people with a lot to say!…Thank you once again for being such a professional and for your advice and guidance about these future event.


“Martha was very professional and used the briefing material to inform her of the topic. The interview was interesting and at the right pace. She was warm and judged the event well.”