31 July 1962
Bellshill, North Lanarkshire, Scotland
|Occupation||Newsreader for BBC Scotland|
|Years active||1980 - present|
Jackie Macpherson was 17 when she started work for DC Thomson in Dundee working on teenage magazines and eventually became the pop editor at Jackie magazine.  Subsequently she worked as a broadcast journalist on Radio Clyde’s news team and then as a print journalist on the Glasgow Evening Times. After working as a reporter for The Sun newspaper, Bird joined Television South in Maidstone as a reporter and presenter for the South East edition of regional news programme Coast to Coast.
She has been a main presenter of Reporting Scotland and other BBC Scotland programming (including Hogmanay Live and Children in Need output) for over twenty years, a role she shares with veteran broadcaster Sally Magnusson.
On 13 June 2012 Jackie Bird was awarded the honorary degree of Doctor of Letters (D Litt) in a graduation ceremony at the University of Glasgow.
Bird attended Earnock High School in Hamilton, which has since closed following a merger with Blantyre High School.
In 2012 Bird had sections of her small and large intestine removed after suffering a rare bowel condition.
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- "Jackie Bird interview". The Herald. 17 November 2012.
- "Jackie Bird profile". BBC Reporting Scotland. 6 January 2014.
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- "Outstanding leaders in their field to receive honorary degrees". University of Glasgow press release. 12 June 2012.
- "Bird's got rhythm but taste?". The Sunday Herald. 7 January 2001.
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