ITV Border: Meet the team

Tim Backshall Photo: ITV News Border

Below are the people who make up the team at ITV Border.

Catherine Houlihan
Catherine Houlihan Credit: ITV News Border

Catherine Houlihan is the Managing Editor for ITV Border. Catherine worked as a programme editor with ITN for 12 years before joining ITV in 2007.

Outside of work Catherine enjoys crosswords and exploring new places with her family.

When describing her favourite part of working at ITV Border, Catherine says "the people are what makes this job so special."

Follow Catherine on Twitter @cathhoul

Tim Backshall
Tim Backshall Credit: ITV News Border

Tim Backshall is our most experienced journalist. He joined ITV Border in 1997 as a reporter/presenter and was the face of Lookaround until 2009.

As a journalist at ITV Border, he has covered everything from the Cumbrian floods, the Derrick Bird shootings, and the foot and mouth outbreak to the Lockerbie bombing trial in the Netherlands.

Outside of work Tim enjoys walking in the Lake District, taking part in sports and spending time with his wife and daughter.

Tim's favourite part of working at ITV Border is "meeting so many different people who all have their own stories to tell."

Follow Tim on Twitter @timbackshallitv

Hannah McNulty
Hannah McNulty Credit: ITV News Border

Hannah McNulty joined ITV Border from ITV Granada in 2007. She is our Carlisle reporter who has covered everything from high profile court cases in Spain to the Derrick Bird shootings and Cumbrian floods.

Outside of work Hannah enjoys walking in the lakes, travelling and spending time with her husband.

Hannah's favourite part of working at ITV Border is "no two days are ever the same. We get to cover the stories that matter to the local people."

Follow Hannah on Twitter @HannahMcITV

Matthew Taylor
Matthew Taylor Credit: ITV News Border

Matthew Taylor joined ITV Border in October 2005 as a reporter. Matthew has covered stories from the demise of the mills in Langholm to Queen of the South's record-breaking 2012 season, to reporting from America on the Lockerbie bombing case.

Outside of work Matthew enjoys travelling, creative writing and walking in the Galloway hills.

Matthew most enjoys working at ITV Border because "it has maintained its role in the heart of the community and its something that is still cherished by locals."

Follow Matthew on Twitter @matttayloritv

Peter MacMahon
Peter MacMahon Credit: ITV News Border

Peter MacMahon joined ITV Border in September 2013 as the new Scotland Political Editor.

Peter is one of Scotland's most experienced political journalists with a wealth of experience in covering Westminster and Holyrood.

Before joining Border, Peter was with 'The Scotsman' since 2005, working across the Scottish Government and Business briefs before rising to the rank of Deputy Editor.

Follow Peter on Twitter @petermacmahon

Kathryn Samson
Kathryn Samson Credit: ITV News Border

Kathryn Samson joined ITV Border in 2008 and is our Edinburgh reporter. She covers all things political and has reported on the Scottish elections, the Lockerbie bombing case and the build up to the 2014 Scottish referendum.

Before joining ITV Border Kathryn worked as a Broadcast Journalist for BBC Scotland.

Outside of work, Kathryn enjoys going to the theatre and playing piano.

Kathryn's favourite part of working at ITV Border is "we get to cover all the big political stories in Scotland, and find out how they will affect people in our area."

Follow Kathryn on Twitter @kathsamsonitv

Jenny Longden
Jenny Longden Credit: ITV News Border

Jenny Longden joined ITV Border in January 2011. She reports from the Scottish Borders and has covered everything from the famous Common Ridings to Ryan Mania's historic Grand National win.

Outside of work Jenny enjoys horse-riding, keeping fit and spending time with her partner.

Jenny's favourite part of working at ITV Border is "finding out what matters to people in the Borders and making sure their voices are heard. Working outside in the stunning countryside is another perk of the job."

Follow Jenny on Twitter @JenLongdenITV

Ryan Dollard
Ryan Dollard Credit: ITV News Border

Ryan Dollard first joined ITV Border as a reporter in 2003. He then worked in Russia as a sports reporter for three years before returning to ITV Border in 2009.

He is now the sports reporter and has covered sporting successes such as Cleator's historic win at Lord's, Carlisle United trips to Wembley and Dumfries rally driver David Bogie making history in the Scottish championship.

Outside of work Ryan enjoys playing rugby and cricket and reading.

Ryan says "working at ITV Border is never boring. There is always something exciting going on. For me personally, I love following our local sporting successes. We have so many talented sportsmen and women in our area."

Follow Ryan on Twitter @RyanDollardITV

Samantha Parker
Samantha Parker Credit: ITV News Border

Samantha Parker joined ITV Border as west Cumbria reporter in May 2010. Within a few weeks she had covered two major news stories- the Keswick bus crash and the Derrick Bird shootings.

Outside of work Samantha enjoys spending time with her husband and friends, wandering the fells, visiting the theatre or hiding from the rain in a coffee shop with a good book.

Samantha says "the best thing about my job has got to be the wide range of stories we cover. One day I will be doing a story about Sellafield the next about a Roman Dig in Maryport."

Follow Samantha on Twitter @SamParkerITV

Katie Hunter
Katie Hunter Credit: ITV Border

Katie Hunter joined ITV Border in August 2013 as a reporter in Carlisle. Katie moved from Channel 4 News in London where she was a video journalist. During that time she worked on a range of stories including follow up reports on the Japanese tsunami, the murder of soldier Lee Rigby and the effects of lead poisoning on communities in Northern Nigeria.

Katie is from Inverness and is still a regular visitor to the North of Scotland. In her spare time she takes part in 5km fun runs and is an enthusiastic, but novice snowboarder.

Follow Katie on Twitter @KatieHunterITV

Fiona McIlwraith
Fiona McIlwraith Credit: ITV News Border

Fiona McIlwraith joined the ITV Border team in July 2013 as Galloway and West Dumfries reporter. Before moving to Creetown, Fiona worked as a reporter/presenter at STV North in Aberdeen.

Follow Fiona on Twitter @FMcIlwraithITV

Fiona Marley Paterson
Fiona Marley Paterson Credit: ITV News Border

Fiona Marley Paterson joined ITV Border in July 2013 as South Lakes reporter. Before moving to Kendal, Fiona worked for BBC Radio Newcastle.

Follow Fiona on Twitter @fmarleypaterson

David Atkinson
David Atkinson Credit: ITV News Border

David Atkinson is our longest serving member of staff. He joined ITV Border in 1984 and has worked as an electrician, sound recordist and cameraman.

He has filmed in Iraq, Canada and Egypt to name a few places, and has covered everything from the Lockerbie disaster to the Grayrigg train crash.

Outside of work David enjoys spending time on his motorbike, fell walking and watching wildlife.

When describing working at ITV Border, David says he "likes the chaos of news."

Andy Brecken
Andy Brecken Credit: ITV News Border

Cameraman Andy Brecken joined ITV Border in 2003 as a site hand. Since then he has worked in the technical and camera departments as well as outside broadcasts.

He has filmed major events such as the Derrick Bird shootings and the Leanne Smith trial in Spain.

Outside of work, Andy enjoys travelling, spending time with his wife and listening to heavy metal music.

Follow Andy on Twitter @Andybrecken

Paul Bell
Paul Bell Credit: ITV News Border

Paul Bell joined the team in 2011 as planning editor, in charge of sourcing and setting up the stories you see on the programme.

Before joining ITV Border, Paul worked as a series producer at Sky News, a news editor at Sky Sports News and and assistant news editor at TV:AM.

When describing working at Border, Paul says "it's the close relationship we have with the local communities that makes us special."

Lori Carnochan
Lori Carnochan Credit: ITV News Border

Lori Carnochan joined the team in September 2012 as a production journalist. She is currently covering reporting out of Dumfries and Galloway, as well as working on the website and planning.

Before joining ITV Border, Lori worked at STV and BBC Radio Scotland.

When describing what she likes most about her job, Lori says "I love the fact that one minute I'll be in the office working on our website, the next I'll be sent out reporting. The job offers a great deal of variety."

Follow Lori on Twitter @LoriCarnITV

Finola Miles
Finola Miles Credit: ITV News Border

Finola Miles joined ITV Border in September 2013 after nearly a year of working at our sister newsroom ITV Tyne Tees.

She is a production journalist and works on the website, as well as planning, producing, editing and reporting.

Finola previously worked for the current affairs programme Panorama, and also set up an online news organisation covering stories across South Yorkshire whilst at university.

She says she enjoys "working in a busy environment where every day is different."

Follow Finola on Twitter @finolamilesITV

Lisa Stubbs
Lisa Stubbs Credit: ITV News Border

Lisa Stubbs joined ITV Border in 2008 and is the Business Development Manager for the Great North Offices, covering the ITV Border region.

Lisa is in charge of direct advertising with national and local companies, and works with advertising agencies to plan multi-platform campaigns.

She also works with the commercial producer to make affordable local commercials.

Lisa says " I like finding out about people's businesses and then working out the best way to promote them on television and online. I like knowing we have done a great job, which is highlighted by our returning businesses."