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Meet the team: Jonty Messer

Jonty is our presenter for ITV News West Country.

He grew up on a farm in Wiltshire and spent his summer holidays from the age of 13 driving tractors during harvest. With nothing but a radio for company in his Case 175, it was here that his love of broadcast started during countless hours driving up and down fields.

Armed with a post graduate diploma in Broadcast Journalism Jonty began freelancing for BBC and Commercial radio stations across the South West, including BBC Somerset, Heart FM and Brunel Radio which closed shortly after his first shift (he's adamant he wasn't responsible).

Jonty joined ITV News West Country in 2010, initially working as a web journalist before moving on to produce the regional news bulletins. At weekends he would sneak into the studio and try his hand at presenting (thanks to an incredibly patient technical crew) sending his attempts to the head of news. A couple of years (and many practice bulletins) later Jonty began presenting the early and lunchtime news and shortly after covered for Ian Axton on the main programme.

When he's not bringing us the sport, Jonty is often out and about reporting on the days news and has covered a variety of stories including the tipper truck crash in Bath, the Becky Watts murder investigation, the latest Banksy at a Primary School in Bristol, the Rugby World Cup and the Cheltenham Festival.

You can connect with Jonty on Twitter.

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