She studied English at Trinity Hall, Cambridge and, as a Fulbright Scholar, Journalism (MA) at New York University. She joined the BBC as a World Service Production Trainee in 1986. She worked as a correspondent in Prague in the early 1990s and as a reporter, editor, producer for World Service news output. She was also the editor of the World Today.
In 2007, she became Deputy Head of the BBC Newsroom, leading the On-Demand, Radio and Mediawire teams. In April 2009, she became Head of the Multimedia Newsroom.
- Mary Hockaday, Head of Multimedia Newsroom Inside the BBC