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Kirsty Wark

Kirsty Wark joined the BBC as a graduate researcher in 1976 for BBC Radio Scotland, going on to become a producer in radio current affairs.

After a spell on Radio 4's The World At One, Kirsty moved to television in 1983 - working as a producer on Reporting Scotland and later producing and presenting the current affairs weekly Seven Days.

Kirsty has interviewed many top politicians, but her most memorable interview was in 1990 when she conducted a headline-making interview with the-then Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher.

From 1990-1993 she presented the arts programme The Late Show and in 1993 fronted the popular BBC heritage series One Foot In The Past - a role she continued into 2000.

Kirsty Wark and Damien Hirst
Kirsty also regularly presents Newsnight Review

In October 1993 she joined BBC Two's Newsnight and, since 2001, also regularly presents Newsnight Review.

Kirsty also presents an occasional series of interviews for BBC Four with guests as wide ranging as Toni Morrison, Hannan Ashrawi and Woody Allen. She also presents the prestigious Man Booker literary awards for BBC Two and BBC Four.

Kirsty was named journalist of the year by Bafta Scotland in 1993 and Best Television Presenter in 1997.

In addition, Kirsty was chosen as Scot of the Year 1998 - sponsored by Scotland On Sunday & Glenfiddich - and was awarded the 1999 News and Current Affairs prize by Carlton Women in Film and Television.

She was also nominated for the prestigious Richard Dimbleby Award for Best Television Presenter (Factual, Features and News) in the Baftas 2000.

Kirsty was born in Dumfries and educated in Kilmarnock. She is married to Alan Clements and has two children.

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