Donna Traynor

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Donna Traynor
Spouse(s) Ronan Kelly

Donna Traynor (born in Lisburn[1] ) is a journalist in Northern Ireland. She is the main female anchor of BBC Newsline.[2]

Broadcasting career[edit]

Traynor has been nominated twice by the Royal Television Society in the category of "Presenter of the Year".

She began her career in broadcasting at RTÉ in Dublin.[1]

Traynor joined the BBC in 1989. She presented news bulletins on BBC Radio Ulster, and was the newsreader at the station who first broke the news of the Provisional IRA ceasefire in August 1994.[2][1] Around this time, Traynor began reading television news bulletins, and was later promoted to her current position.

In addition to her work for BBC Newsline, Traynor has also presented Country Times, various educational programmes and coverage of the Balmoral Show for BBC Northern Ireland, and she has also presented BBC Northern Ireland's coverage of Children in Need.[2]

Personal life[edit]

Traynor was born in Lisburn, but moved to Dublin with her family as a child.[1] She studied journalism at university in Dublin and in Preston in England.[1]

Traynor is deaf in one ear.[1] She is married to the training consultant and broadcaster Ronan Kelly.


  1. ^ a b c d e f Belfast Telegraph: "'Actually, I'm a better nurse than I thought I'd be'"; dated 26 June 2007; accessed 18 April 2013
  2. ^ a b c BBCi: BBC Newsline - Meet The Team; accessed 18 April 2013

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