Sarah Smith (news reporter)
Sarah Smith (born 1968), is a radio and television news reporter with BBC Scotland, having joined in Spring 2014 for the run-up to the Independence Referendum on 18 September 2014. Smith has covered stories ranging from the United States presidential elections and the Madrid train bombings (for which Channel 4 News won an International Emmy in 2004), to the resignation of Iain Duncan Smith and an exclusive interview with Saddam Hussein's defence lawyer.
Smith graduated from the University of Glasgow in 1989 and then began her journalistic career as a graduate trainee with BBC Scotland. She spent a year living and working in Belfast for BBC Northern Ireland, during which time she was held at gunpoint by the Ulster Defence Association (UDA) in its West Belfast headquarters.
In 1991, Smith moved to London as an assistant producer with BBC Youth Programmes, working on Rough Guide, Rapido and Reportage. Two years later she moved to news and current affairs, first as assistant producer with the Public Eye and Here & Now programmes. She then worked as a producer for the BBC on programmes as diverse as Newsnight, Public Eye and Rough Guides.
She is the eldest daughter of the late Labour Party leader John Smith, and of Elizabeth Smith, Baroness Smith of Gilmorehill. Her mother's status as Baroness affords her the right to use "the Honourable" before her forename. The John Smith Memorial Trust, on whose Advisory Council she sits, lists her as "The Hon. Sarah Smith". Her godmother is Glasgow Herald journalist Ruth Wishart. Smith married Simon Conway, an author and co-chair of the Cluster Munition Coalition, on the island of Iona, where her father is buried, on 22 September 2007.
- Sarah Smith joins BBC News Retrieved 12 April 2014
- Sarah Smith at Glasgow University Alumni. Retrieved 19 January 2014
- Sarah Smith at Channel 4.com. Retrieved 19 January 2014
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