Martha Kearney

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news presenter (1957)
Thu Apr 21 2022
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Relationship Timeline Of Martha Kearney

Husband : Chris Shaw
Martha Kearney married to her husband Chris Shaw on 2001.

Who is Martha Kearney? 

BBC network is one of the most popular network all over the world. Not only the network is famous, but the presenters, journalists, and weather forecasters are also pretty popular. Today we are talking about Martha Kearney, who is widely recognized as a news presenter to the BBC Radio 4, where an American journalist Vanessa Yurkevich served as a correspondent for a short time.

Martha Kearney is an English broadcaster and journalist. She is the former main presenter for BBC Radio 4's lunchtime news programme named The World at One, where she served for evelen years.

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Martha Kearney was born on 8th October 1957, in Dublin Ireland. Born to her English parents Hugh Kearney and Cathrine Kearney, she is of White ethnicity and holds American nationality. Martha spent most of her childhood in an academic environment.

Her father Hugh is a former teacher at Sussex University and Edinbuirgh University. Kearney joined St. Joseph's (currently known as St Wilfrid's) Catholic School. Later, she studied at Brighton and Hove High School.

After comepleting her school, Martha attended George Watson's Ladies College basedn in Edinburgh. Additionally, Kearney studied classics at St Anne's College, Oxford from 1976-1980. At the time of her final year at the college, she served in a hospital radio as a volunteer.

Kearney started her career as a phone operator on phone-in programmes at the London Commercial Station LBC, later at Independent Radio News in London. 

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She served as a reporter on the AM programme before working as a political correspondent when she covered the 1987 United Kingdom general election. Additionally, in 1988 Kearney worked as a reporter at A Week in Politics on Channel 4.

In 1998, Martha was assigned as regular presenter of BBC Radio 4's Woman's Hour. After two years, she served as a political editor for BBC Two's Newsnight programme. 

Moreover, she also presented Newsnight Review, with increasing frequency. Martha was a candidate to succeed Andrew Marr as the BBC's political editor in 2005, however, she lost against Nick Robinson.

In 2013, Kearney became the winner of her episode of the Great Comic Relief Bake Off against Ed ByrneClaudia Winkleman, and Helen Glover.

As of now, Martha covers various interesting stories such as facts and best things about other countries like Best of Today: Japan Special. Moreover, in 2018, it was announced that BBC radio 4 news presenters Sarah Montaugue and Martha Kearney will swap their jobs, on the Today programme as Sarah will serve as lead presenter and Martha will be the main presenter.

Is Martha Kearney Married or Single?

Martha Kearney is a married woman. Her husband is Chris Shaw, senior programme controller of Channel 5. Martha and her husband married in July 2001.

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Image: Martha and her husband Chris Shaw

Since the marriage, the duo is living happy and strong. Furthermore, there are no rumors or controversies about the couple that leads into their separation or divorce.


Martha and her spouse are married for more than eighteen years, however there are no information about their children. No doubt, the couple might have children, but does not wish to reveal about them. 

Net Worth & Salary

Kearney makes a decent money from her career as a journalist. It has been more than 2 decades, Martha is working in this profession. No doubt, she has managed to amass a huge fortune. 

According to various sources, the highest salary paid to a female presenter at BBC is more than $2 million. So we can assume how much, Kearney makes every year as a journalist. As of 2019, Kearney's total net worth is estimated to be in million dollars. However, her net worth is assumed to be more than another BBC journalist Lara Lewington

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