Cathy Grieve

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Cathy Grieve
Born (1965-06-16) June 16, 1965 (age 52)
Letterkenny, County Donegal, Ireland
Nationality Irish
Education Loreto Convent Secondary School, Letterkenny
Alma mater University College Galway
Occupation Journalist
Employer Owner of Red Diamond Media
Known for Working at RTÉ and BBC
Board member of Member of Epilepsy Ireland Board
Children One son

Cathy Grieve (born 16 June 1965) is an Irish journalist from Letterkenny, County Donegal. She now owns Red Diamond Media, an Irish-based digital media group. Previously she was a senior editor with the BBC, the last post she held being Interactive Newsgathering Editor for BBC News. Cathy also worked for the BBC in TV, radio and new media. She also worked for a short spell with Raidió Teilifís Éireann (RTÉ) as a Production Editor.


She is the eldest in a family of seven. She was educated at Loreto Convent Secondary School, Letterkenny and graduated with a degree in Mathematics and English from National University of Ireland, Galway. She completed a Higher Diploma in Education and embarked on a teaching career for a short period of time before starting a career in journalism.

In late 1980s she served as President of UCG Students Union and a member of the Governing Body of the university. After graduation she worked for a period as personal assistant to Irish government minister Maire Geoghegan-Quinn, then serving as Minister for Europe at the Dept of the Taoiseach (Irish prime minister). She is a single mother with one son.


She began her career as a teacher in 1990. She taught English and mathematics to higher level Leaving Certificate but after one year chose to move onto the media.

She joined the BBC in Feb 1991 at their news operation in Dublin. She moved to BBC News in Belfast within a couple of years and became the Ireland producer for BBC National news. This was a turbulent time in Northern Ireland politics and she led a team of correspondents and producers through the last years of the troubles and through the historic peace talks and subsequent transition to a peaceful society.

She worked as a journalist with BBC from 1992-2009 and is currently Interactive Newsgathering Editor for BBC News. She has been posted as Ireland producer for BBC News based in Belfast, Dublin producer and Washington producer based in D.C. during the late 1990s.[1] She has extensive experience in leading coverage of major news events, including being pool producer for both all national and international broadcasters for both the President Clinton visit to Northern Ireland and the Good Friday Peace Agreement in Northern Ireland.


Grieve has collected numerous awards, including a Royal Television Society Award for the BBC's coverage of the Good Friday Agreement and a Broadcast Award for the first visit of US President Bill Clinton's trip to Northern Ireland. She also won numerous other broadcast awards. During her time with online media she won several online journalism award and the BBC News website won several Webby awards.


  1. ^ Cathy Grieve - Interactive Newsgathering Editor at BBC News.