She was born in Worthing, West Sussex (then in Sussex). Her younger sister was born in 1974. She went to Angmering School. She studied Philosophy and Psychology at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford, then completed a Postgraduate Diploma at Highbury College in Portsmouth.
She started at BBC Southern Counties Radio in 1996, then moved to South Today. She joined South East Today in Kent at its start in 2000, when it replaced the former Newsroom South East. As well as South East Today, she also fronts the regional programme on Sundays with Julia George.
She lives with her partner James Trollope, and daughter (born January 2002) and son (born July 2004), in Seaford, East Sussex.