Anna started working at the BBC as a Local Radio reporter. Her first big story was covering the destruction of the hurricane, which hit the south coast 30 years ago. Being based at Radio Sussex in Brighton, Anna had the chance to take to the skies the day after, in a helicopter, and report on the devastation for the Today programme. After working as a reporter, producer and news editor at a local level, Anna joined Radio 4 as a continuity announcer and newsreader, reading the shipping forecasts and news bulletins.
After a couple of years, trapped in the bowels of Broadcasting House and Televsion Centre, Anna managed to escape to Farming Today where she could combine her journalistic and presentation skills. Over the last 21 years at Farming Today she’s battled with nine Agriculture Secretaries, and seven Farming Today editors. Over the two decades it seems the news agenda has been dominated by animal diseases; Bovine Tuberculosis, Foot and Mouth, BSE, Salmonella, to name but a few. Conservation, the environment and public engagement with food farming and the countryside have also been major issues which make up the Farming Today brief.
Since the vote to leave the EU, Brexit has dominated the farming agenda but, as yet, the fog of the unknown remains firmly in place.
Anna was lucky enough to win a Gold Sony Award for an On Your Farm programme in the floods of 2000. She has talked to farmers from all over the world, visiting South America, the Falkland Islands, South Africa, Hungary and Kosovo just after the end of the war. Closer to home, she persuaded Princess Anne to be a special contributor to the programme earlier this year.
Anna lives in Norfolk with her husband and two teenage children.