Biographies

Anna Botting
Anna Botting

Award winning presenter, Anna has covered many major events both from the studio and in the field since joining Sky News in 1995, including the disappearance of Madeleine McCann, the fall of Tripoli, the Japanese Tsunami and the insurgency in Iraq.

Anna currently presents the evening news from 9pm until midnight, including the popular Press Previews - with regular guests looking ahead to the next day’s papers.

In 2012 she covered the devastating Japanese Tsunami. Later that year she presenter live from Tripoli, as Gaddafi’s forces fled the Libyan capital.

The coverage led to her nomination for RTS News Presenter of the Year – which she won, beating Channel  4’s Jon Snow and ITV’s Mark Austin. She had been nominated the previous year too, alongside the BBC’s David Dimbleby and Jon Snow.  She is only the second woman to ever be awarded such an accolade.

In 2007 she presented live from Portugal on the disappearance of Madeleine McCann and anchored Sky News’ ‘Inside Iraq’ week coverage live from Baghdad at the height of the insurgency.

In 2006 she spent two weeks covering the Lebanon war live from Israel and in 2005 covered the death of Pope John Paul II from both Poland and Rome. 

From the studio, Anna was on air for both the ‘shock and awe’ bombing of Baghdad and the invasion of Iraq by American forces in 2003. After covering the Kosovo conflict, she was on air as Serbian leader Slobodan Milosovic was ousted from office.

She has been hosting Sky News’s evening coverage since 2007, after presenting in the studio with Jeremy Thompson and, for many years, Bob Friend.

Anna joined Sky as a reporter and during the 1997 election she shadowed Liberal Democrat leader Paddy Ashdown throughout the six week campaign.

Anna studied Geography at St Edmund Hall, Oxford University, decided to pursue a  career in journalism and worked for a year as a researcher for a social action show for Granada Television.

After taking a post-graduate journalism course at Cardiff University, where she gained a distinction, Anna left in 1991 to take up a job with BBC North as a reporter for Radio and TV,  and became reporter-presenter for Look North before joining Sky News in 1995.

A keen rower at University, she took part in BBC 1’s The Other Boat Race. Twelve celebrities and former Oxbridge students trained and competed in their own version of the world’s most illustrious rowing event. Anna, captaining the Oxford crew, led her team to victory.

She spends much of her spare time hill walking - and has climbed Mont Blanc, Kilimanjaro and Aconcagua - the highest mountain in the Andes. She spends much of her time in the Lake District, in Cumbria.  She has also turned her hand to ocean racing and completed the Fastnet race, after two years of race training.  Future adventure ambitions have been put on hold, while she brings up her young daughter.

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