Maxine Mawhinney is one of the most recognisable and experienced journalists and broadcasters in the UK. With an incredible career spanning more than 40 years Maxine has reported from across the world as well as anchoring many news programmes. The sole presenter on BBC World TV when Princess Diana died Maxine worked singlehandedly throughout the night and was seen throughout the world announcing the tragic news. She recently left the BBC after 20 years where she was one of the main presenters on BBC News, the BBC One national news bulletins at weekends and Dateline London for BBC World TV.
She was born and grew up in Belfast during the troubles. Breaking through into the predominantly male dominated Northern Ireland media Maxine rose to become one of the BBC’s top news anchors. In a career that has taken her around the world she has worked for BBC, UTV, SKY, ITN, GMTV and she ran the Reuters TV SE Asia Bureau in Tokyo. On her first day in a TV newsroom she was told there was, “a nice job for a woman going in the library” and, “don’t think you are going anywhere – you have a Northern Ireland accent” Instead she went everywhere and did everything. She has faced ageism and sexism and travelled the world as a single mother with two young daughters.
Just a few of the major world events she has covered are:
· She presented single handedly for the BBC on the night Diana died
· She was Washington correspondent during the Clinton presidency
· She covered the trial of OJ Simpson
· She was at the siege in Waco, Texas for three weeks with no luggage.
· She covered the assassination of Rajiv Ghandi.
In April 2017 Maxine Mawhinney launched her new career as she approaches 60, inspiring others through her keynote speaking, facilitating conferences and panel moderating. Her keynote speaking is described as, “authentic, inspirational, transformational and thought provoking” “Maxine has a real connection with her audience” and “Everyone left full of confidence and uplifted.” Maxine says, “I believe that for women sixty is the new forty. It’s time for a new chapter and to take on new challenges. Women no longer disappear.”
Maxine Mawhinney is 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. She is also an extremely skilled interviewer making her an excellent moderator, facilitator and panel presenter across a myriad of topics. Warm, knowledgeable and experienced Maxine is an excellent host for conferences and award ceremonies too.
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