Maxine Mawhinney is one of the most experienced journalists in the UK. In a career spanning more than 35 years she has reported from across the world.
Born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, her broadcasting career began at BBC Northern Ireland in radio and television before moving to Ulster Television and then on to ITN in London.
When Sky News began in 1988 she was appointed Ireland Correspondent returning to Northern Ireland during a turbulent period in The Troubles. She reported on the violence of bombings and shootings as well as political and economic progress north and south of the Irish border.
She then spent two years in Tokyo as the Asian News Editor for Reuters TV covering the assassination of Rajiv Ghandi, elections in India, Pakistan and Malaysia and the first Asian Games in China among many other major stories. She also reported from the Falkland Islands
In October 1992 she became Washington Correspondent for the British breakfast television station GMTV when it launched and reported from the United States for four years including coverage of the Waco siege, the Oklahoma Bomb, OJ Simpson and the Clinton Presidency.
On returning to the BBC in 1996 she became a presenter on BBC World TV in London where she anchored single handed throughout the night when Princess Diana died. This was broadcast live across the world.
She then moved to BBC News 24 (the BBC continuous new channel) when it launched and is now one of the main presenters on BBC News. She also presents the BBC One national news bulletins at weekends and Dateline London, a live current affairs discussion programme for BBC World TV.
Maxine is heavily involved in the training of the next generation of journalists and broadcasters. She is the leading trainer of presenters and reporters for the BBC College of Journalism. She also works outside the BBC training with other broadcasters throughout Europe.
She has received several awards for her work -two from the American Committee for Excellence in Journalism and one from Lincoln University School of Journalism, USA, for foreign coverage of American affairs.
Born: Belfast, Northern Ireland
June 1996 - present
BBC 1 – presenter weekend national news bulletins
BBC News Channel (formerly BBC News 24) - presenter since the launch of the channel in 1998
BBC World TV – presenter Dateline London, a live current affairs discussion programme.
BBC Radio Ulster, Belfast – presenter Good Morning Ulster, Talkback and Evening Extra.
2005 - present -
BBC College of Journalism on-air trainer – responsible for the training of BBC news staff who appear on air. Training in London and on site at BBC Bureaux.
1996 -1998 London
Presenter BBC World Service Television (including single handed presentation throughout the night of the death of Diana Princess of Wales).
April - June 1996
Washington DC, USA
BBC News Television and Radio Correspondent
Global Television News, Canada reporter/presenter
October 1992 ¬-April 1996
Washington Correspondent, GMTV.
Worked with a small team of cameraman/editor and producer for Britain’s independent morning show.
Covering the Clinton Presidency, mid term elections, Clinton re-election, the Waco siege, Oklahoma bomb, OJ Simpson, hurricanes, heatwaves etc
January 1992 – September 1992
Frankfurt, GermanyBureau Chief, Reuters TV
Responsible for output and staff covering news, features and business news. Also television and radio correspondent for Reuters’ clients.
July 1990 – January 1992
News Editor Asia, Reuters TV
Responsible for management of staff, budget and output from 15 bureaux from India to New Zealand.
Also Radio and Television Correspondent for Reuters’ clients travelling throughout the region on major stories including:
Assassination of Rajiv Ghandi
Elections in India, Pakistan and Malaysia (with award winning cameraman Mohammed Amin)
Aids epidemic in Thailand
Floods in Bangladesh
Asian Games, China
December 1988 – July 1990
Belfast, Northern Ireland
Ireland Correspondent, Sky News
Established the bureau from the start-up of Sky News. Covered breaking news, features and financial news throughout Ireland. Also responsible for management of bureau and staff.
January – December 1988
ITN, News Correspondent
Channel 4 – co-presenter and correspondent for prime time weekly current affairs programme “Women in View”, airing 8pm Wednesdays on Channel 4.
Belfast, Northern Ireland
news and features reporter
presenter of main evening news
Presenter of ‘Make it Pay’ made by UTV for Channel 4 - how to turn your hobby into an income
Presenter ‘Farming Ulster’ – a weekly agricultural programme.
Belfast, Northern Ireland
Television and radio news and features reporter
Part time presenter of main evening BBC TV local news and main late night Radio programme “Eleven Tonight “
First presenter of BBC Breakfast News regional opt-out
BBC World Service radio reporter
Bangor, Northern Ireland
Trainee journalist rising to senior writer for the group.
Belfast Telegraph – freelance news and features reporter
London Daily Mail – Belfast freelance, news and features
1995- Angel Award for Excellence in Journalism, presented by the American Committee for Excellence in Journalism for foreign correspondent coverage of US affairs.
1995 – Angel Award for Excellence in Journalism, presented by the American Committee for Excellence in Journalism for foreign journalist coverage of ethnic minorities.
1995 - Lincoln University School of Journalism, USA, for foreign coverage of American affairs.