Broadcaster and journalist Andrea Catherwood presents regularly on BBC Radio 4…
…across a broad range of programmes including The Media Show, Last Word, Saturday Live and Woman’s Hour, as well as making documentaries. Andrea has also guest presented ITV’s ‘This Morning’ and regularly reviewed newspapers for the programme.
Formerly she was a newscaster and foreign correspondent for ITV, presenting ITV’s Evening News, Lunchtime News, News At Ten and weekend bulletins from 1998 to 2006. She anchored open ended coverage on ITV1 as events unfolded on the 7th July 2005, the London bombings. She has also anchored in the field from Washington, Baghdad and Kabul, and spent a year as the main presenter for Channel 5 News.
Andrea was the first female presenter of ITV1’s flagship Sunday morning political programme when she presented ‘Sunday Edition’ from 2006 – 2008 interviewing world leaders and interrogating Britain’s top politicians.
Andrea made her name as ITN’s award winning International Correspondent.
During her 8 years on the road for ITN she covered almost every major world news story from Kosovo where she interviewed Tony Blair, to the Omagh bombing (for which she was nominated for a BAFTA) to Sierra Leone, Mozambique, Israel and Gaza.Andrea reported from New York in the aftermath of September 11th 2001, and was the only British journalist in Mazar-i-Shariff in Afghanistan.
There, she witnessed the fall of the Taliban to the Northern Alliance and was subsequently injured by shrapnel in a Taliban suicide attack. Soon afterwards, she was a member of the first overseas media team admitted to Guantanamo Bay.
Andrea was embedded with the British army during the invasion of Iraq in March 2003. She then anchored and reported from Baghdad when the city fell to U.S forces. She championed the plight of children mutilated in the allied bombing and was instrumental in pressurising the U.S military to evacuate a number of amputees to Kuwait for life saving medical treatment. She later made an ITV 1 documentary about their story.
From 2009 to 2012 she was the main anchor for Bloomberg Television presenting the flagship business news, politics and current affairs show “The Pulse with Andrea Catherwood” each weekday from London. She joined at the height of the financial crisis and played a leading role in covering the global downturn and the Eurozone crisis.
She regularly interviewed European leaders and Finance Ministers as well as economists and chief executives, hosting the programme from various European capitals as well as Davos. Andrea has interviewed every British Prime Minister since Margaret Thatcher.
From 1992 to 1998 Andrea was a correspondent and anchor for CNBC…
…during which time she reported throughout South East Asia including Vietnam, Indonesia, Thailand and Burma where she is among the very few broadcast journalists who interviewed Aung San Suu Kyi. She made documentaries in Burma and Laos. She also anchored for CNBC during the 1997 Handover of Hong Kong.
At UTV in Belfast from 1991 to 1993 she was a reporter for news and consumer affairs and presented the travel programme ‘Bon Voyage’. She began her career with BBC Northern Ireland at just 16 winning ‘Young Broadcaster of the Year’ in 1984. She had already interviewed Gerry Adams and Garret Fitzgerald.
Andrea has an honours degree in Law from the University of Manchester.
She is also a travel writer for the Mail on Sunday, and has written opinion editorials for the Times and articles for the Guardian, Telegraph, Sunday Times and Independent as well as many magazines.
Plus, Andrea is an avid reader who was a main judge for the final of the Costa Book Award, has been a book critic for Richard and Judy Show and a guest on BBC Radio 4’s ‘A Good Read’. She has also been a BAFTA judge.