Rachel Burden

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Rachel Mary Ann Cecilia Burden (born 22 January 1975 in Marlow, Buckinghamshire, England) is a radio news reporter and presenter, currently presenting the BBC Radio 5 Live weekday breakfast show from 6 am to 10 am.

Early life[edit]

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. 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.[4] 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.[5] 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.

Personal life[edit]

Burden is married to journalist, Luke Mendham. Burden and her husband have four children, Rose, Sam, Alice and Henry Mendham. The family live in the countryside surrounding Knutsford, Cheshire.[1]


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