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Louise Minchin

Louise has been one of the BBC News Channel's main anchors since 2003, and is a regular presenter of BBC Breakfast and the BBC One O'clock News. Louise is also a guest presenter of The One Show, and presents Real Rescues, Missing Live and Crime and Punishment on BBC One.

After gaining a degree in Spanish at St Andrews 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 then went onto the Today Programme before her first job as a radio reporter for BBC Radio Berkshire.

During her career Louise has covered the main news stories of the last decade, including, the 7/7 London bombings, the capture of Col Muammar Gadaffi, and the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. She presented the BBC Ten O'clock News the day Saddam Hussein was hanged.

Away from News, Louise is a guest presenter on the BBC's prime-time entertainment programme The One Show. Among others, her interviewees have included Will Smith, Sigourney Weaver and David Tennant.

This year Louise will present her fifth series of Missing Live, her own day-time series which has been commended in Parliament for its work on reuniting families.

She will also present a fifth series of Real Rescues for BBC One and recently presented a new daytime series, Crime and Punishment, on BBC One.

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.

Louise is married with two daughters.

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