After training as a broadcast journalist, Bland presented news bulletins on BBC Wiltshire. She then moved to BBC Radio 5 Live, at first reading the news on Richard Bacon's show. Bland started to present sports on television, as well as acting as a relief and weekend presenter on the BBC News Channel.
Bland is a part-time triathlete, and competed in the 2010 Mazda London Triathlon raising funds for Breast Cancer Care. Bland has completed the London marathon every year since 2010. In September 2013 she married the BBC 5 Live producer Steve Bland. She was diagnosed with breast cancer in December 2016.
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