24 March 1980 |
|Education||Haberdashers' Aske's School for Girls, Elstree
King Edward VI High School for Girls, Birmingham
St Edmund Hall, Oxford
|Years active||2001 – present|
|Family||David Davies (father)|
Davies was born on 24 March 1980 in Manchester. She is the daughter of sports journalist and sports administrator David Davies. Amanda was educated from the age of five to nine at Haberdashers' Aske's School for Girls in Elstree, Hertfordshire, before the family moved to the Midlands, where she continued her education at King Edward VI High School for Girls in Edgbaston, Birmingham. She later graduated from St Edmund Hall, Oxford in 2001 with a degree in Geography, where she won the Philip Geddes Memorial Prize for journalism.
Davies joined Sky Sports as a runner straight from university in 2001. Later as an assistant producer she worked on a wide range of live sporting events, including the Cricket World Cup and US Open. Davies joined Sky Sports News and worked in several positions, including assistant news editor, presenter and on-the-road producer, most notably spending seven weeks in Berlin producing the Sky Sports News coverage of the 2006 World Cup from Germany. She was also an occasional reporter, making her presenting debut on Sky Sports News with Ian Payne in 2005.
She joined the BBC in April 2007. She was a regular presenter of sports bulletins on the BBC News Channel (formerly News 24), BBC World News, and Breakfast on BBC One – as well as the sports bulletins on the BBC 1 weekend news. She was the presenter of BBC News F1 preview show Inside F1 every Friday and Saturday of race weekends, and in the 2008–09 season she presented a weekly chat-based football programme on BBC World called Sport Today: Football Review.
In August 2011, Amanda was given her own football show on BBC World News called Sports World Have Your Say – a global interactive conversation between football fans around the world. It was a weekly show airing on Sunday evenings. http://www.bbc.co.uk/pressoffice/bbcworld/worldstories/pressreleases/2011/08_august/sport.shtml
On 27 March 2012, CNN confirmed that Davies would join their team of sports presenters from April. Davies is the main Sports Anchor on CNN – and hosts daily sports news show World Sport, as well as monthly F1 show The Circuit.
She has fronted CNN's coverage of all the major international sports events since joining – including the Olympics in London 2012, Sochi 2014 and Rio 2016; the 2014 Football World Cup in Brazil, and 2016 European Championships in France.
She has also covered the Lance Armstrong drugs scandal, the death of Reeva Steenkamp, FIFA scandal, and Russian doping crisis.
After the premature birth of her daughter Molly, Amanda became a supporter of a number of baby charities. On 30 January 2012, it was announced that Amanda had become the Patron of the Milk Bank at Queen Charlotte's and Chelsea Hospital – where Molly was born 9 weeks early, and she is also an Ambassador for Sparks, and supporter of Bliss.
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- Halle, Martyn (7 April 2012). "Saved by the breast milk bank: Sports presenter Amanda Davies believes it was a lifeline for her daughter Molly". Daily Mail. Associated Newspapers Ltd. Retrieved 10 May 2012.
- "About". AmandaDavies.com.