Sarah Smith

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(Newsreader, news presenter)
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Born1968
Edinburgh, Scotland
NationalityScottish
Alma materUniversity of Glasgow
Parents • John Smith
• (father)
• Elizabeth Smith
• Baroness Smith of Gilmorehill
• (mother)
SpouseSimon Conway
She's seen as part of Scotland’s political royalty. Family friends included Donald Dewar, the inaugural First Minister of Scotland, the former Labour Prime Minster Gordon Brown, and the former Defence Secretary John Reid.

Sarah Smith (born 1968) is a Scottish radio and television news reporter who succeeds Andrew Neil as presenter of the Sunday Politics programme on BBC One beginning in mid-September 2017.[1]

Sarah Smith holds the post of Scotland Editor, having joined the BBC in Spring 2014 for the run-up to the 2014 Scottish independence referendum on 18 September 2014.[2] She has covered stories ranging from the United States presidential elections and the Madrid train bombings (for which Channel 4 News won an International Emmy in 2004), to the resignation of Iain Duncan Smith and an exclusive interview with Saddam Hussein's defence lawyer.

Early life

Sarah Smith was born in Edinburgh in 1968.[3] She attended school in the city[4] and then graduated from the University of Glasgow in 1989 with a Master of Arts.[5]

Career

Sarah Smith began her journalistic career as a graduate trainee with BBC Scotland. She spent a year living and working in Belfast for BBC Northern Ireland, during which time she was held at gunpoint by the Ulster Defence Association (UDA) in its West Belfast headquarters.

In 1991, Smith moved to London as an assistant producer with BBC Youth Programmes, working on Rough Guide, Rapido and Reportage. Two years later she moved to news and current affairs, first as assistant producer with the Public Eye and Here & Now programmes. She then worked as a producer for the BBC on programmes as diverse as Newsnight, Public Eye and Rough Guides.

On 5 News she was a reporter for two years. Smith was then the first newsreader on More4 News on Channel 4's digital television sister channel More4.

She was Channel 4 News Washington correspondent before moving to the post of Business correspondent in the summer of 2011.[6]

She presented BBC Two's Scottish current affairs programme, Scotland 2014, alongside sports presenter Jonathan Sutherland. The programme first aired on 27 May 2014.[7]

She was appointed the BBC's first Scotland Editor in November 2015, to cover Scottish news for a UK audience.[8]

Family

Sarah Smith is the eldest daughter of the former leader of the Labour Party John Smith, and of Elizabeth Smith, Baroness Smith of Gilmorehill. The John Smith Memorial Trust, on whose Advisory Council she sits, lists her as The Hon Sarah Smith; her mother's status as a Baroness allows her the right to use "the Honourable" before her forename. Smith married Simon Conway, an author and co-chair of the Cluster Munition Coalition, on the island of Iona, where her father is buried, on 22 September 2007. The service was led by Rev. Douglas Alexander, father of former Scottish Labour Party leader Wendy Alexander.[9] In 2014, she returned to live in Edinburgh.

Her sister Jane is married to Malcolm Robertson, a founding partner of the powerful strategic communications agency Charlotte Street Partners, and the son of Lord Robertson of Port Ellen, the former Secretary General of NATO and Defence Secretary.[10]

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References

  1. "Andrew Neil steps down as Sunday Politics host". The Guardian. 23 August 2017. Retrieved 23 August 2017.Page Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css must have content model "Sanitized CSS" for TemplateStyles (current model is "plain text").
  2. BBC. "Sarah Smith joins BBC News". Press release. http://www.bbc.co.uk/mediacentre/latestnews/2014/sarah-smith. Retrieved 24 August 2017. 
  3. "In the line of fire: Sarah Smith on stepping into the hot seat". The Herald. 24 May 2014. Retrieved 24 July 2017.Page Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css must have content model "Sanitized CSS" for TemplateStyles (current model is "plain text").
  4. "John Smith: A life 1938-1994"
  5. "Our alumni: Life after Glasgow: Noteable alumni: Arts and Media". University of Glasgow. Retrieved 24 July 2017.Page Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css must have content model "Sanitized CSS" for TemplateStyles (current model is "plain text").
  6. "News: Sarah Smith". Channel 4.com. Retrieved 24 July 2017.Page Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css must have content model "Sanitized CSS" for TemplateStyles (current model is "plain text").
  7. Black, Claire (24 May 2014). "Sarah Smith on fronting the BBC's Scotland 2014 show". The Scotsman. Retrieved 24 July 2017.Page Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css must have content model "Sanitized CSS" for TemplateStyles (current model is "plain text").
  8. Miller, Phil (19 November 2015). "Sarah Smith appointed BBC's first Scotland Editor". The Herald. Retrieved 23 August 2017.Page Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css must have content model "Sanitized CSS" for TemplateStyles (current model is "plain text").
  9. "Smith's daughter married on Iona". BBC News. 22 September 2007. Retrieved 24 July 2017.Page Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css must have content model "Sanitized CSS" for TemplateStyles (current model is "plain text").
  10. "Sarah Smith: the Sunday Politics host with her own political pedigree"
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