Doctor of the University
Carolyn Quinn is a University of Kent graduate, best known for her work on BBC Radio Four, as a political correspondent and presenting the Today Programme and PM. She presents the Sunday night political programme The Westminster Hour.
She was offered a reporter job at BBC Radio Solent in 1987, moving two years later to the BBC Parliamentary Unit at Westminster –reporting first for local radio then covering Parliament and as a political correspondent for network TV, BBC Radio 4 and BBC Radio 5 Live. This involved live reports on camera, “two-way” discussions with the newsreader and recorded features. She was in Downing Street on the day of Margaret Thatcher’s departure from office in 1990 and covered the election of Tony Blair as Labour leader in 1994 and the formation of the coalition in 2010. For television, she covered the 1997 election campaign, travelling on the Liberal Democrat Leader Paddy Ashdown’s battlebus. She did the same in 2001 with Tony Blair. She started presenting PM in 2001 and, from 2004-8, also presented Today. She has presented The Westminster Hour since 2007.
As well as her Radio 4 work, Carolyn Quinn maintains her Westminster contacts and reports regularly from Parliament for PM and The World Tonight. In 2011-2012 she was elected Chairman of the Press Gallery representing the 300 newspaper, broadcasting and online journalists who work out of the Houses of Parliament. She became the first female holder of the post since the Press Gallery came into existence in 1803.back to top