Anna's main break into television was in 1974 when she joined Granada Television as a researcher. During her time with Granada she worked on numerous local and educational programmes.
In 1976 she joined the BBC's "Man Alive" team and then moved on to "Tomorrow's World" for a short period. In February 1978, she joined ITN where she stayed until 1981 when she moved to TV-AM. Since then, Anna has worked as a freelance TV Presenter and broadcaster.
She joined the Six O'Clock News on BBC1 in 1989 and has regularly presented the "Today" programme and "Woman's Hour" on Radio 4, as well as standing in for Jimmy Young on BBC Radio 2.
In May 1999 she took over the role of solely presenting the lunchtime news on BBC 1 at 1pm.
Recent guest appearances have included "Have I Got News For You" and a singing role in BBC Television's "Stars Sing The Beatles".
Anna was elected Chancellor of the University of Manchester in 2001.