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Born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, Maxine’s broadcasting career began at BBC Northern Ireland in radio and television before moving to Ulster Television and then on to ITN in London.

When Sky News began in 1988 she was appointed Ireland Correspondent returning to Northern Ireland during a turbulent period in The Troubles. She reported on the violence of bombings and shootings as well as political and economic progress north and south of the Irish border.

Maxine then spent two years in Tokyo as the Asian News Editor for Reuters TV covering the assassination of Rajiv Ghandi, elections in India, Pakistan and Malaysia and the first Asian Games in China among many other major stories. She also reported from the Falkland Islands

In October 1992 she became Washington Correspondent for the British breakfast television station GMTV when it launched and reported from the United States for four years including coverage of the Waco siege, the Oklahoma Bomb, OJ Simpson and the Clinton Presidency.

On returning to the BBC in 1996 Maxine became a presenter on BBC World TV in London where she anchored single handed throughout the night when Princess Diana died. This was broadcast live across the world.

She then moved to BBC News 24 (the BBC continuous new channel) when it launched and and then became one of the main presenters on BBC News. She also presented the BBC One national news bulletins at weekends and Dateline London, a live current affairs discussion programme for BBC World TV.

Maxine was also heavily involved in the training of the next generation of journalists and broadcasters. She was the leading trainer of presenters and reporters for the BBC College of Journalism. She continues to works with other leading broadcasters throughout Europe.

She has received several awards for her work -two from the American Committee for Excellence in Journalism and one from Lincoln University School of Journalism, USA, for foreign coverage of American affairs.

Maxine Mawhinney brings an incredible 40 years of world class journalism and broadcasting experience. She is an extremely skilled interviewer making her an excellent moderator across a myriad of topics. She has that rare combination of warmth, knowledge, authority and experience which is the key to an excellent host to make your conference successful. She is also an extremely sought after keynote speaker on a wide range of topics from talks reflecting her 20 years as a top BBC journalist and News Anchor covering global events, to inspirational and empowering speeches suitable for a wide range of audiences. ,
As the 20th anniversary of the death of Diana, Princess of Wales approaches on 31st August 2017 journalist Maxine Mawhinney reveals the unfolding story on the night of one of the biggest news stories in decades.
As the sole TV news anchor at the BBC in London Maxine broadcast to an audience across the world from the moment the first details of the car crash were known until the death was announced.

An illustrated talk with video and Q&A

Ever wondered what it is like to be a top TV news anchor?
Journalist and broadcaster Maxine Mawhinney takes you behind the scenes to show you want goes into making a BBC News programme.
See the studio from the other side, peek into the control gallery, try your hand at reading the autocue and have a go at interviewing.
This is a fun hands-on talk with video and lots of audience interaction.

Talk and Q&A

Journalist and broadcaster Maxine Mawhinney has had an amazing career which took her from the back streets of Belfast during the Troubles, all over the world as a foreign correspondent and to the top of the BBC as a senior tv news anchor.
She covered everything from bombs to Royal deaths and births and the presidency of Bill Clinton.
She worked in Belfast, London, Tokyo, Frankfurt and Washington DC.
She worked for Sky News, ITN, GMTV, Reuters, BBC
But is such a glittering career path ever smooth?
Hear about the obstacles and choices and how her path over 40 years as a journalist was defined by a series of phone calls and the choices that they presented.

Illustrated talk and Q&A
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