Rachel Mary Ann Cecilia Burden (born 22 January 1975 in Marlow, Buckinghamshire, England) is an English-born Irish national, who is a radio news reporter and presenter, currently presenting the BBC Radio 5 Live weekday breakfast show.
The fourth of five children, she is the only daughter of former BBC journalist Paul Burden and his wife, and the niece of the actor Hugh Burden. She went to school from 1987-93 at Wycombe High School, a girls' grammar school in High Wycombe, taking English, History, Politics and Practical Music at A-level. After graduating from Trinity College, Dublin, she studied broadcast journalism at Cardiff University.
Burden began her career as a reporter at BBC Radio Suffolk, and 15 months later joined BBC Radio Bristol where she co-hosted the early morning breakfast show, working alongside Nigel Dando, the brother of the murdered presenter Jill Dando. She joined Radio 5 Live in 2003, the day before her father retired from the BBC. She took over the weekday breakfast show from Shelagh Fogarty in May 2011, alongside current co-presenter Nicky Campbell. Burden made her debut on the BBC Breakfast television programme as a relief presenter on Saturday 23 August 2015.
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