Julie Etchingham is a British broadcast journalist and the host of ITV News At Ten and politically-driven program Tonight. The multiple award-winning TV personality has covered various events of significance during her career, which has made her a household name in the British TV scene.
The multifaceted Julie, 44, also doubles up as a working mother and a wife. Whats more, she has seamlessly fitted in between her roles as a news reader professionally and a loving wife and caring mother personally.
Husband Helps Julie Etchingham's Balancing Act
The Journalist has been married to a TV producer husband, Nick Gardner, since 1997. The couple met during the BBC's Newsround program and hit off instantly. The couple shares two children, both sons Leo 14, and James 11.
The juggling act between her professional life and the role of the mother has been a tough one for the presenter.
In an interview with The Telegraph on 2 March 2009, Julie opened that being a mother of two, it was difficult to set off on an open-ended trip to cover a breaking story and hard to be on duty, five nights a week when her children were going to bed. She added that she did the early morning stuff and also tried to pick up her kids from school one day a week.
However, she has been ably supported by her husband in raising up the kids while she is soaring up newer heights in her career. As of now, the beautiful couple is living a happy family life with their children in London.
Julie Etchingham’s Short Bio: Career, Net Worth
Born on 21 August 1969 in Leicester, the UK to teacher parents, Julie had a cultured upbringing and is a devout Roman Catholic. She graduated in English from the University of Cambridge.
After graduation, she joined BBC as a trainee and began her journalism career with BBC Midlands as a reporter, where Babita Sharma served as documentarian and news anchor. She quickly rose up ranks and presented the Midlands Today and also contributed to other programs; BBC's Breakfast News and Newsround (1994 to 1997).
She leaped her career after she joined Sky News alongside Peter Switzer from where she hosted some shows like Sky News Today and Five News (2002 to 2007).
Julie Etchingham and Mark Austin, the presenters of ITV1's News at Ten (Photo: The Telegraph)
Later in 2008, she served as a Relief newscaster for ITV Evening News alongside Geraint Vincent and ITV News at Ten. In 2009, Julie worked as a newscaster in ITV News Weekend Bulletins and later it was announced that she would present a relaunched Tonight programme from early 2010.
After a year, Julie presented for The Royal wedding, and in 2012 she became the co-presenter for The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.
On 3 July 2017, Julie presented a special edition of News at Ten celebrating fifty years of the programme. She interviewed Sir Trevor McDonald, a former presenter of the programme.
Julie even co-presented ITV’s coverage of the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle with Phillip Schofield on 19 May 2018.
Similarly, Julie was the first woman to host a UK election programme and also has an International Emmy Award for her documentary on Bosnia along with Royal Television Society's 'Presenter of the Year' for the year 2010.
Julie was the first women ever to win "Presenter of the Year" at the Royal Television Society journalism awards in February 2016. Also, in April 2016, she was named "Broadcast Journalist of the Year" by the London Press Club.
Besides her journalism career, Julie is also an ambassador for The Prince's Trust charity and Vice President of the stillbirth charity Abigail's Footsteps. Not only that, but she is also a Patron of the London homeless charity, Caritas Anchor House.
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Her time in the media has not just rewarded her with name and fame but has also been successful financially. Having served as the leading presenter in the biggest media houses in the UK, she has a net worth estimated to be in millions.
Similarly, having replaced Sir Trevor McDonald, who commanded a salary of $600Ks per annum, in ITV's Tonight, her salary is thought to be on par with her predecessor's.