Mary Rhodes was the leading female sports news presenter and one of the only female sports correspondent, on BBC News covering major events including Olympics, Commonwealth Games, Wimbledon, Cricket World Cup and the Ashes. She also co-presented the BBC's Sunday morning programme 'Heaven and Earth' and now presents 'Midlands Today'
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Mary Rhodes is an experienced award winning broadcast journalist, working with the BBC for more than 20 years. After graduating in journalism, she started her career in local radio before moving to London to work in network and worldwide programming across radio and television for the BBC. For ten years Mary was sports news presenter and correspondent, appearing regularly on BBC 1 from Breakfast to the Ten o’clock news and Radio 4’s 'Today' programme. She was also a regular presenter on BBC World TV. She has covered major events including Olympics, Commonwealth Games, European football, Cricket World Cup and Wimbledon. Mary covered the London Olympics for the international broadcaster, Olympic News Channel.
After moving back to the Midlands in 2006, Mary now presents the popular BBC 1 daily news ‘Midlands Today,’ alongside reporting for current affairs programme ‘Inside Out’ from Birmingham. Mary also wrote, produced and presented a half hour documentary on the Falkland Islands for BBC 2, presented 'The Sunday Politics' (West Midlands) and hosted debates on the economy, devolution and election 2015 for BBC 1.
Alongside broadcast journalism, Mary works extensively as an events host and facilitator. She has worked with LEP’s (Local Enterprise Partnerships) at a local and national level, charities and businesses ranging from the pharmaceutical industry, transport to I.T. both in the UK and throughout Europe. Her clients also include the British Olympic Association, for whom she media trained a number of athletes ahead of the Olympics and Paralympics in 2012. Mary is also a popular awards host.