Jackie began her broadcasting career in radio aged 19 at her local radio station in Scotland. After a year of presenting the Evening Show for Capital Radio in London, she joined BBC Radio 1 as the first ever female primetime presenter and their youngest presenter ever. She started on Early Breakfast, continued on to join in Simon Mayo's Breakfast Show, moved to Drivetime and spent final 2 years taking over from Gary Davies to do the Lunchtime Show, introducing "live" sessions to daytime Radio 1 and doubling the listenership from 2 to 4 million. Also during this period, hosted the iconic Top of the Tops and was a reporter on Going Live.
Jackie relocated to the USA in 1994, where she initially worked as a contributor to BBC Radio before moving into the American media. She joined CBS as the Morning News Anchor for radio and as the Weekend News Anchor for the TV News in San Francisco, where she lived for over 5 years. During the initial boom years of Silicon Valley, Jackie also worked as a media consultant for Intel, Sony and Oracle. In 1999, Jackie moved south to Los Angeles and joined the LA bureau for GMTV as Foreign Correspondent.
During her six years in Hollywood Jackie interviewed the world’s most famous stars multiple times and covered a vast variety of news events, ranging from the Emmys and Oscars to reporting on 9/11, US Presidential Elections and many other major breaking new stories.
2005 was a pivotal year for Jackie. Starting with her return to the UK after 11 years away, and while still working for GMTV as a senior reporter, she married family friend David Tod and became pregnant with their first baby. She left GMTV in 2006 following the birth of her son and the discovery that she was again expecting! Jackie was invited to join Loose Women temporarily whilst pregnant and shortly after giving birth to her daughter Florence, became a permanent and well-loved member of the Loose Women team, which has recently added a TRIC Award for Best Daytime Show and a best-selling book to its list of achievements.