27 September 2004

Martin Hamer

Sheffield welcomes ex-Calendar girl Katie

A second full-time broadcast lecturer has joined the burgeoning Department of Journalism Studies.

Katie Stewart

Katie Stewart (pictured left) has a wealth of experience in the industry and will already be well-known to many people in Sheffield from her work at Yorkshire Television.

She gained a degree in Media and Cultural Studies at Liverpool John Moores University and a Postgraduate Diploma in Radio Journalism at Falmouth College of Art and Design.

After beginning her career in radio, as a reporter and newsreader for Northants 96, Metro FM and BBC Radio Cumbria, she was Deputy News Editor for Century Radio in Newcastle and co-anchor of the two-hour drive-time news show.

She moved to Yorkshire Television in 1995 where she was a reporter and presenter for the regional news programme, Calendar.

Stewart has covered a wide variety of news, sport and features and has regularly fronted live news programmes – both from the studio and out on location. She has also acted as a media consultant for Derbyshire Police.

Her research interests include the multi-skilling of television journalists and the dumbing down of regional TV news.

“I’m really looking forward to getting to know the students and lecturing full-time. The department has a fantastic reputation and I’m pleased to be joining such a strong team. This is a new and exciting challenge for me,” she said.

Professor Peter Cole, Head of Department, commented: “I am delighted Katie has joined us. She is already a familiar face from our TV screens as a YTV reporter and she has lectured to our students a bit before.

“But now she is a full-timer she will be able to share all her knowledge of broadcasting with them regularly. It is another example of our students gaining from
teaching by talented professionals.”