Born in Coventry but spending much of her childhood in Ireland, Jackie has a degree in Zoology from Trinity College Dublin. Her first job was as a zoologist with the Commonwealth Agricultural Bureau, but after three years in the science field she joined the Jersey Evening Post newspaper and retrained as a journalist.
She moved into television news in 1995, working her way from Jersey’s Channel TV to ITV West in Bristol. After freelance stints with the Gloucestershire Echo newspaper, Central Television and Five News, Jackie joined national breakfast news show GMTV in 1998.
For the next nine and a half years she was a roving correspondent and newsreader, covering some of the biggest stories of the decade including President Clinton’s impeachment trial, the Asian tsunami, the Kosovo crisis, famine in Ethiopia, the Athens Olympics, the Soham murders and the disappearance of Madeleine McCann.
After leaving GMTV in 2008 to pursue a freelance career she became a regular presenter of the ITV national morning news and a reporter across ITN’s news programmes including News at Ten; she was also a regular reporter and presenter for Setanta Sports News, ITV London and the BBC’s Midlands Today programme. Her news reports also appeared on the BBC News Channel and CNN, and she hosted Selfbuilder TV for Sky, wrote, produced and hosted corporate and promotional films and worked as a media trainer for the armed forces.
In 2012 Jackie joined the UK’s biggest shopping channel, QVC, as a presenter. She now juggles her presenting work with her crime writing. When she’s not working, Jackie is a keen gardener and an ultramarathon runner. She lives in Gloucestershire with her husband.
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