Worcestershire LEP Annual Conference 2017
 
 
MEET MARY RHODES
 
 
Broadcaster, Presenter and Conference Host
 
 
   
Mary grew up in the picturesque Herefordshire village of Weobley, full of timber-framed black and white houses and ranked as one of the Top 50 best places to live in England. Thus, after 12 years working in London, Mary was delighted when she returned to her Midland roots. 
 
Mary has combined her on screen work with radio, having appeared on BBC Radio 2, 4 & 5. She was the voice of “The Challenge” golf programme for Sky, Channel Five and Eurosport and has covered major sporting events for News and Sport, including the Olympics, Commonwealth Games, Cricket World Cup, Australian Open and Wimbledon.
 
Mary has a great love of the countryside and has travelled widely which has allowed her to write articles for the Guardian Travel section. To relax, Mary enjoys cooking and watching sport; she is a West Bromwich Albion supporter, which doesn’t always guarantee relaxation. 
 
"The Midlands is a great part of the world, with some stunning rural locations and wonderful cities - and football teams.” 
 
 
After graduating from Birmingham City University with a communications degree, Mary started working for the BBC as a reporter in her home region of Herefordshire & Worcestershire in 1990. She then went on to work for a number of BBC radio stations including Gloucestershire, Manchester and Lancashire and was one of the first women sports reporters on TV and radio.
 
Having been a regular presenter on regional BBC programmes, Mary is now the main presenter of BBC Midlands as well as the factual information series Inside Out West Midlands. Having previously been the main sports presenter on BBC ten o’clock News and weekend bulletins on BBC 1, she also presented sport on Breakfast and was a regularly on BBC World.
   
         
 
 
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