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Michele Newman, born 8 March 1956, is an English television presenter.
After studying at the University of York from 1977 to 1980, Newman worked at the Liverpool Echo. Between 1981 and 1983, she lived in Italy and France to learn both countries' languages and to teach English as a private tutor. During this time, Newman attended the College International de Cannes in France for a year. Her French language qualifications include the Alliance Francaise (language and literature), the equivalent of a British ‘A’ level.
On returning to the UK in 1983, she began her presenting career on the regional BBC news programme Look East in Norwich, and followed this with a move to Central News in Birmingham in 1989. During the 1990s, she was also a presenter on the BBC motoring programme Top Gear between 1993 and 1998. She also presented ITV's motoring magazine Pulling Power and Carlton TV's live weekly political debate It's Your Shout which was broadcast from a variety of locations around the Carlton TV region, now known as ITV London.
Newman has also written a motoring column for Women’s Journal and contributed to the London Evening Standard. Newman has her own TV production company, Newman Productions Ltd, which produced House Race for ITV in 2004. After leaving TV she studied Mandarin Chinese at the School of African and Oriental Studies in London and later in Beijing. She is an active volunteer for Beanstalk (formerly known as Volunteer Reading Help) in Birmingham's primary schools.
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