Kirsty Wark

Journalist and Writer

Kirsty Wark has built up a reputation as one of the UK’s most formidable and versatile television journalists.

She is best known as an anchor on the BBC’s flagship News and Current Affairs show Newsnight.

Kirsty’s broadcasting career began in 1976 when she joined the BBC as a graduate researcher. She produced a range of radio programmes in Scotland before spending time in London as a producer on Radio Four’s The World at One and PM. In 1983 she moved to television to produce Reporting Scotland and was the first woman to edit the programme. 

Kirsty was one of the first television journalists to arrive on the scene when PAN AM Flight 103 was blown up in the skies above Lockerbie in 1988. Two years later, she famously locked horns with Margaret Thatcher in a headline making interview which propelled her into the national spotlight. In addition to political reporting, Kirsty presents many arts and cultural programmes.

She has fronted many documentaries for BBC Television including the critically acclaimed Blurred Lines: The New Battle of the Sexes and more recently The Insider’s Guide To The Menopause.

Kirsty reached the final in Celebrity MasterChef in 2011 and was crowned top celebrity baker on The Great British Bake Off for Comic Relief. She has made cameo appearances in a range of television dramas, radio programmes and films.

Kirsty has several major accolades to her name including BAFTA Awards for Outstanding Contribution to Broadcasting, Journalist of the Year and Best Television Presenter.

Kirsty has written two novels – The Legacy Of Elizabeth Pringle and The House By The Loch.  She is currently writing her third novel.