Dermot has spent most of his career in broadcast journalism. Before joining the BBC, he spent more than a decade fronting ITV's national news bulletins from London.
Dermot loves the diversity of Breakfast's interviews
He joined the BBC in the Autumn of 2002, becoming Breakfast's main presenter immediately.
He has also presented a number of other BBC programmes, including Treasure Hunt on BBC Two, with Suzi Perry.
Dermot says: "Working on Breakfast is challenging. For a start, getting up at 3.30am is tough.
"It's diverse - it's like no other programme I have ever worked on. It encompasses everything from the Middle East peace process to the latest Jilly Cooper novel."
In 1998, Dermot won a Royal Television Society award for his revelatory interview with Peter Mandelson over the Geoffrey Robinson loan affair. The day after the interview, Mandelson resigned from the government.
After graduating with an MA in History from Sussex University, Dermot completed a postgraduate course in Journalism at City University.
He worked as a trainee reporter on local newspapers before joining Channel 4 as a researcher then reporter for The Business Programme.
He then moved to Switzerland to present the European Business Channel before being recalled to front ITN's World News on Channel 4 Daily.
Of his time at Breakfast,
Dermot says: "Apart from the early starts, which are tough, I cannot think of anything else I would rather do.
"What gets me through is that I know without a shadow of a doubt that no one day is ever the same as another."