The day after finishing my Post Grad Diploma in Broadcast Journalism, I started my six month contract at BBC Radio Lancashire, as a reporter, and news bulletin editor.
Fifteen months later, I moved to BBC Radio Manchester, where I began presenting programmes. TV reporting beckoned a couple of years later when I got a job at BBC North West Tonight, and eventually in 2008 I was asked to present the live show five nights a week.
In 2012, I became Daybreak's News Hour co-presenter, and newsreader.
I’m best known for: Lancashire accent, and generally saying what I think
The proudest moment of my career is: Awarded an Honorary Fellowship at my university's School of Journalism in July 2013
The first thing I do in the morning is: Try and stay in bed for another 10 mins! My alarm goes off at 230am
My favourite breakfast is: Scrambled eggs
The most famous person in my phonebook is: Now that would be telling... and anyway, Simon Cowell doesn't like me boasting...
The actor who would play me in a film about Daybreak is: Aargh, stuck... I've no idea! Ok, I've just asked my best friend Alison who says Cameron Diaz (ignore taller, thinner, blonder) because 'she's sassy and clever'. That's why she's my bestie!
My favourite memory from working on Daybreak is: When Shah Rukh Khan came into the studios and we actually spoke!!!
If I wasn’t presenting on Daybreak, I’d be: Watching and shouting at the TV, 'why aren't I on there? I can do that'... nothing if not bitter me!
You’d be surprised to learn that: I have a double jointed neck, was born with two front teeth and am qualified to teach acting
The one thing I couldn’t live without is: Contact lenses and my son. Not necessarily in that order.