Allesley Primary School, Coventry, UK
Sligo Grammar School, Sligo, Ireland
Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland (degree in Zoology)
1989-1992 After graduating second in her year at the prestigious Trinity College, Dublin, Jackie used her zoology degree to embark on a science career. Her first job was in animal breeding and genetics with the Commonwealth Agricultural Bureau. She then became editor of five engineering journals at an Oxford publishing company before joining medical PR company MAC as a writer and editor.
1992-1995 After a move to the Channel Islands Jackie decided on a career change and began as a trainee newspaper reporter at the Jersey Evening Post. In 1995 she was offered a six month contract as a trainee TV reporter at Jersey’s Channel TV, the smallest ITV station, where she learned how to bring her reporting talents into the medium of television.
1996-1998 A move back to the mainland led to a short stint at the Gloucestershire Echo newspaper. Jackie was then offered a job at ITV West in Bristol, initially as a general reporter then specialising in crime. She went on to become a regular newsreader for the station and co-presented ITV West crime series Crimestoppers Special and crime documentary Who Killed Louise?
1998 Ready for the big move into network TV, Jackie began a stint as a freelance reporter and presenter, working for Central Television, Five and GMTV.
1998-2008 Jackie got her big break when GMTV offered her a job. She spent over nine years with Europe’s biggest breakfast show, initially as a reporter/producer and stand-in correspondent covering bureaux including Belfast, New York and LA. Later she was promoted to roving correspondent, covering major stories like the Kosovo crisis, Soham murders, 2004 Athens Olympics, Asian tsunami and disappearance of Madeleine McCann. Jackie also regularly stood in as a newsreader and GMTV Newshour presenter on the famous sofa.
2008-now Jackie left GMTV to pursue a freelance career. She worked as a reporter across ITN’s daily bulletins including News at Ten; as a presenter on ITN’s ITV Morning News; as a presenter and reporter for ITV London; as a presenter on Setanta Sports News; reported and presented for the BBC on their Midlands Today programme; presented Selfbuilder TV on Sky’s Information TV channel; and worked as a TV gardening expert, media trainer and corporate film maker. Her news reports also appeared on the BBC News Channel and CNN. In 2013 she became a presenter on shopping channel QVC. She now combines her TV work with her writing, releasing her first novel with Accent Press in 2015 and signing a two-book deal with HarperCollins in 2018 (see Books page for more).