In 2003 Louise Minchin became one of the main anchors of the BBC News channel and currently presents BBC Breakfast on BBC One, which is the UK’s most watched Breakfast programme. She has also guest presented for the One Show - where she has interviewed amongst others Will Smith, Joan Collins and Meat Loaf and was levitated by Penn and Teller.
Louise has also presented the BBC One series Real Rescues; Missing Live; Crime and Punishment and appeared in the Channel 4 history series Time Crashers.
She has extensive experience of working with live audiences, interviewing company CEOs, chairing group discussions and conducting Question and Answer sessions. She is consistently praised for her professional, thorough and engaging approach, and is frequently invited back to host and chair events.
After gaining a degree in Spanish at St Andrew’s University, Louise trained as a radio journalist at The London College of Printing. She started her career at the Latin American Section of the BBC World Service, and from there moved to the Today programme on BBC Radio 4.
Her first job as a reporter was at BBC Radio Berkshire and Fox FM in Oxford. She was then recruited as a presenter for News Direct 97.3 FM and went from there to her first job in television, working for Exclusive on Channel 5. In 1998 Louise returned to the BBC to work for BBC News 24 and BBC Radio 5 Live, where she launched the station's flagship evening programme Sport on 5.
During her career in journalism Louise Minchin has interviewed many leading public figures, business leaders, politicians and celebrities. She has also covered many of the major news stories of the last decade, including the 7/7 London bombings, the capture of Colonel Gadaffi, BP oil spill, the hanging of Saddam Hussein and, on a lighter note, the marriage of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
In 2009, Louise was one of 12 celebrities who took part in the BBC's "Around the World in 80 Days". She travelled from Mongolia to Los Angeles with BBC Breakfast co-presenter Bill Turnbull to raise money for Children in Need.
Aside from presenting, Louise Minchin is an amateur triathlete and qualified as a member of the 2015 Great Britain Age-Group Triathlon Team (45–49 age group). She competed in the standard distance event (1500 m swim, a 40 km bike ride and a 10 km run) at the World Triathlon Championships in Chicago in September 2015.
She qualified for the team at the Dambuster Triathlon at Rutland Water in June 2015 and went on to finish 71st out of 78 finishers at the ITU World Triathlon Championships.
She has also talked extensively about the menopause, describing her personal experience of suffering hot flushes on the BBC Breakfast set, so much so that it led to them lowering the studio temperature. This has proved to be a very popular talk for corporate audiences and addressing what is often considered to be a taboo subject.