Carolyn Quinn

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Carolyn Quinn
Robin Niblett with Carolyn Quinn on BBC R4 PM Programme (4565122413).jpg
Quinn (right) interviews Robin Niblett
Carolyn Quinn

(1961-07-22) 22 July 1961 (age 57)
Alma materUniversity of Kent
Years active1984–present
Notable credit(s)
Today (2004–8)
The Westminster Hour
Spouse(s)Nigel Morris (m.2003)

Carolyn Quinn (born 22 July 1961 in Camberwell, London)[1] is a British journalist best known for her work on BBC Radio 4 as a political correspondent and for presenting the Today programme and PM.

Early life[edit]

Quinn attended St Joseph's RC Primary School in Crayford, Dartford Grammar School for Girls and the University of Kent where she obtained a degree in French.[2] She trained as a teacher, gaining a PGCE at the Institute of Education in London before becoming a French teacher at a London comprehensive school, but gave this up to be a ward clerk at Charing Cross Hospital. She joined Riverside Radio at the hospital.


She freelanced before joining the Irish Post and was then selected for a BBC Local Radio trainee scheme. After training and two years at BBC Radio Solent from 1987–9, she joined BBC's political and parliamentary team at Westminster in 1989 and became a political correspondent in 1994.[2]

For 2011–2012 she was elected Chairman of the Houses of Parliament Press Gallery, the first female holder of the post.[3]

BBC Radio 4[edit]

Quinn was a presenter of PM from 2001 and the Today programme from 2004 to 2008,[3] co-presenting her last programme with James Naughtie on Wednesday 26 March 2008. As the programme closed, she invoked Tony Blair's comments upon leaving office as British Prime Minister, wishing well to "friend and foe alike" and referring to a "rollercoaster", indicating that her departure from the programme may have been less than entirely amicable. She presents PM on Saturdays, and covers the weekday edition when Eddie Mair is away. She has also presented Pick of the Week several times and in January 2007 presented an edition of Woman's Hour.

Quinn became the regular presenter of Radio Four's The Westminster Hour from January 2007 following Andrew Rawnsley's departure in September 2006.

Personal life[edit]

Carolyn Quinn married Nigel Morris, Political Editor of the i newspaper,[4] and former political correspondent of the Daily Mirror, in Richmond upon Thames in June 2003.

She received an honorary doctorate from the University of Kent in 2013.[3]


  1. ^ "Birthdays". The Guardian. London. 22 July 2014. p. 37.
  2. ^ a b "Carolyn Quinn: My Life In Media". The Independent. 30 April 2006. Retrieved 13 April 2018.
  3. ^ a b c "Congregations: Carolyn Quinn, Doctor of the University". University of Kent. 2013. Retrieved 13 April 2018.
  4. ^ Dickson, Annabelle (13 September 2017). "Westminster's power couples". POLITICO. Retrieved 18 November 2017.

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