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Steph McGovern


Steph will be speaking on the Garden Stage on Saturday 24 August.

Steph McGovern is a well known face on BBC One, presenting prime time shows such as Breakfast, Watchdog and Shop Well For Less. This year also sees the launch of BBC One health series ‘Easy Ways to Live Well’ which Steph is co-presenting with Hugh.

Last year Steph made her debut as the host of long running comedy panel show, Have I Got News For You, having successfully appeared twice as a panelist. Steph also presented a new series for BBC Two; Made in Great Britain and became the host of the Dragon’s Den spin-off Pitches to Riches.

Originally from Middlesbrough, Steph's first taste of BBC life came aged 19, when she made a guest appearance on a programme about women in science. Steph had just won the title of Young Engineer for Britain.

After graduating she became the main producer for daily financial news on the Today programme on Radio 4, securing interviews with top business leaders and running a number of foreign projects, including a stint in Chicago covering the trial of Conrad Black and a series from Brazil investigating the biofuels industry.

Two years later, within weeks of becoming the producer for the then economics editor, Evan Davis, the financial world was in meltdown. Steph has covered its developments ever since. For three years Steph was the lead producer of business news on the BBC's main news bulletins working with the then business editor, Robert Peston.

Never shy of putting in the hours, Steph also spent time building up her own on-air profile, which included working as a business presenter on the Chris Evans show on Radio 2 and on BBC 5 live.

Along with her daily news duties, Steph is also involved in BBC community projects, such as BBC Young Reporter and BBC School Report. Steph is passionate about education and is a mentor for young people in Teesside, running workshops for schoolchildren around the North East.

And when she's not talking money or media, Steph is a former champion Irish dancer and often attends international competitions to help coach dancers.