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Kirsty Wark

3 February 1955 –

Journalist, Broadcaster and Writer

Kirsty Wark is a journalist, broadcaster and writer who has presented a wide range of BBC programmes over the past twenty seven years including Newsnight and the weekly Arts and Cultural review and comment show, The Review Show. She has conducted long form interviews with everyone from Margaret Thatcher to Madonna, Harold Pinter to Pete Doherty, Damian Hirst to George Clooney and the likes of Toni Morrison, Donna Tartt and Philip Roth.

Wark was born in Dumfries to Jimmy Wark, a solicitor, and Roberta Wark, a schoolteacher. Wark was educated at Kilmarnock Grammar Primary and subsequently Ayr's independent Wellington School. After studying history at the University of Edinburgh, Wark joined the BBC in 1976 as a graduate researcher for BBC Radio Scotland, before promotion a year later as producer of Good Morning Scotland and current affairs programmes.

Wark switched to television in 1982, producing BBC Scotland's lunchtime political programme Agenda and current affairs series Current Account. After a stint as a news editor for Reporting Scotland, she moved into presenting, fronting Seven Days andLeft, Right and Centre for BBC Scotland, before moving to network television as part of the Breakfast Time presenting team.

Her home has always been Scotland and her family's connection to Arran goes back over many years. At present she is working on her second novel.

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