Steph McGovern

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Steph McGovern
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Stephanie Rose McGovern

(1982-05-31) 31 May 1982 (age 36)
Middlesbrough, England
Alma materUniversity College London
OccupationJournalist, television presenter
TelevisionBBC Breakfast
Pocket Money Pitch
Shop Well for Less?
Have I Got News For You
Made in Great Britain

Stephanie Rose McGovern is an English journalist and television presenter. She works for the BBC and is the main business presenter for BBC Breakfast. She often co-hosts the entire programme.

Early life[edit]

McGovern is originally from Middlesbrough.[1] In 1998, at the start of her sixth form studies, she won an Arkwright Engineering Scholarship for her potential to be a future leader in the engineering industry. From 1998–2000, in the sixth form, she studied maths, physics, design technology and business studies.[2] At the age of 19, she was awarded 'Young Engineer for Britain', after saving Black & Decker £150,000 a year by improving production techniques used for the Leaf Hog product.[3]

She attended University College London, where she studied Science Communication and Policy in the Department of Science and Technology Studies.[4]


McGovern started at the BBC doing work experience on the Tomorrow's World programme, before securing part-time employment as a researcher in current affairs. She went on to be the main producer for daily financial news on the Today programme on Radio 4, before becoming the lead producer of business news on the BBC's One, Six and Ten O'Clock news bulletins, working with the then business editor, Robert Peston.[citation needed]

McGovern has presented BBC Radio 5 Live's Wake Up to Money and On the Money and has been BBC Breakfast's main business presenter since 2010 as well as a regular presenter of the entire show.

McGovern serving as a moderator at an UNCTAD conference in 2013

She presented Pocket Money Pitch for CBBC .[5] Since March 2016, she has co-presented the consumer series Shop Well for Less with Alex Jones for BBC One.

McGovern joined the BBC Watchdog presenting team from autumn 2016. She also co-presented Can Britain Have a Pay Rise? for BBC Two alongside James O'Brien and has been both a panellist and host on Have I Got News for You.

In October 2018, McGovern stated that she found Donald Trump 'creepy' after he referred to her as 'beautiful' during an interview in 2012. She is said to have brushed off Trump's comments by telling him she had heard "better lines" in Middlesbrough's Club Bongo.[6]

Personal life[edit]

McGovern is a former champion Irish dancer and still often attends international competitions, where she helps to coach dancers.[7][1]


  1. ^ a b "Business News: Stephanie McGovern". BBC News. Retrieved 27 October 2018.
  2. ^ Macmillan Academy Archived 2013-10-23 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ "Gap-year pioneers make their mark – The Engineer The Engineer".
  4. ^ "About UCL".
  5. ^ "BBC – Pocket Money Pitch – Media Centre".
  6. ^ "BBC reporter brushed off Trump flattery". 26 October 2018 – via
  7. ^ "Steph McGovern kicks off her shoes and dances". BBC News. 2 April 2012.

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Preceded by
Simon Jack
Business Presenter: BBC Breakfast
2011 – 2016/2017, TBC
Succeeded by