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Winchester, Hampshire, England
|Education||St Margaret's School, Exeter|
|Alma mater||Durham University|
|Spouse(s)||Jeremy Vine (2002–present)|
She obtained a first class degree in Modern European Languages (French, German and Italian) at Durham University (St John's College), where she joined Purple FM. She was at Durham from 1994–1998, spending a year in Vienna. From 1998–99 she did a Broadcast Journalism course at the London College of Printing (now called the London College of Communication).
She started her career at the BBC on BBC Radio Newcastle in 1999 and also reported for BBC Look North. She then moved to be a reporter for BBC Radio Four before joining the BBC News. Schofield resigned from her position in September 2012 although has returned on a freelance basis.
She met the Newsnight reporter Jeremy Vine at a gala dinner. Six months later, in the run-up to the 2001 general election, he toured the country from Land's End to John o' Groats in a 1976 VW camper van. Stopping off at Newcastle upon Tyne (where he had initially worked in local radio), he met Rachel while she was working at the BBC's Look North. It was an instant attraction, and he proposed in early April 2002, when she was living in east London, aged 26, and working on You and Yours. They married in a Devon village church in September 2002. By that time she was working on Woman's Hour. They went on honeymoon in Sicily. They live in west London with their two daughters.
- Rachel Schofield Q and A's TV Newsroom