Julie Etchingham is a newsreader, presenter and broadcast journalist with over three decades of experience working across the BBC, Sky News and ITV.
She has chaired general election leaders’ debates, presented and reported on US Presidential elections, and co-presented coverage of major royal weddings, Jubilees and funerals. Julie has also led live coverage of developing news stories including the 7/7 bombings in London and the 2004 Boxing Day Tsunami.
Julie has hosted awards ceremonies and moderated international conferences, including one at the Vatican with Pope Francis.
Julie started her broadcast career with BBC Radio Leicester while still in school and co-presented BBC Radio Cambridgeshire’s student programme while at university. On graduating Julie joined the BBC as a trainee. Julie’s first presenting job was with Midlands Today before moving to London to work on Newsround, Breakfast News and BBC Breakfast. In 2002 Julie joined Sky News where she presented a number of shows including Sky News Today. She also occasionally presented Five News after Sky took over as news provider for Five. In 2008 Julie joined Sir Trevor McDonald to relaunch News At Ten on ITV. 14 years later she is still a newsreader for the station’s flagship news programme as well as presenting current affairs programme Tonight. Julie has also chaired a leaders debate for every general election since 2015 and co-presented coverage of two royal weddings, the Diamond and Platinum Jubilees, and the funeral of HRH Prince Phillip. Julie has also appeared as a newsreader in several dramas including The Detectives, Spooks, Chromophobia and Scott & Bailey.
Julie was the Royal Television Society’s Presenter of the Year in 2010, the first woman to win the award. In 2016 she won the award for a second time, the first woman to do so. In 2016 Julie was also named London Press Club Broadcast Journalist of the Year,
Julie is married and has two sons. She is President of the Women of the Year and Vice-President of Abigail’s Footsteps, a charity working on stillbirths.