Rachel Burden

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Rachel Mary 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,[1] she is the only daughter of former BBC journalist Paul Burden and his wife,[2][3] and the niece of the actor Hugh Burden. After graduating from Trinity College, Dublin, she studied broadcast journalism at Cardiff University.[1]

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.[4] 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.

Burden is married to a fellow journalist. The couple have three children, and the family live in the countryside surrounding Knutsford, Cheshire.[1]


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