Anna Foster

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Anna Foster
Born South Shields, England
Occupation Radio presenter

Anna Foster is an English radio news reporter and presenter, currently presenting the early evening programme 5 Live Drive with Tony Livesey on Monday to Friday.

The daughter of a surveyor/magistrate father and mother who worked as a nurse, she and her brother were born in South Shields.[1] Educated in South Shields, while attending South Tyneside College doing her A-Levels, she worked as a Saturday girl on Metro Radio. Then while studying English at Collingwood College at Durham University, she worked on student radio. She then undertook a post-graduate certificate in journalism at City University London.[1]

On graduation she joined the BBC's trainee reporters scheme. She then joined BBC Radio Cleveland as a reporter for three years, before becoming a news presenter, and then co-presenting the drive-time show. She then joined BBC Radio 5 Live as a regional North East reporter, before relocating to London as a weekend news presenter, and also presenting on Newsbeat.

Foster joined the BBC Radio 5 Live Weekend Breakfast show on 23 April 2011, replacing Rachel Burden who moved to the weekday 5 Live Breakfast team alongside Nicky Campbell on 3 May.[2]

On 14 November 2012, Anna became the Wednesday to Friday co-presenter of 5 Live Drive (4-7pm) alongside Peter Allen; Louise Minchin was the Monday and Tuesday co-host. Foster subsequently became the permanent co-host, alongside Livesey who replaced Allen in October 2014.

Foster married fellow radio presenter John Foster in October 2009 at Crathorne Hall near Yarm, North Yorkshire.[1]

She is not to be confused with the Anna Foster who previously co-presented the flagship breakfast show on Metro Radio and now presents breakfast on Magic 1152.