Donna Traynor is a household name in Northern Ireland having worked as a broadcast journalist and presenter for more than 30 years.
She is the anchor of BBC Northern Ireland’s flagship evening news programme, “BBC Newsline”. Her work in this and other programmes was reflected in her nominations for a prestigious Royal Television Society award on two occasions. She has also collected two Irish Film and Television Awards when BBC Newsline was voted best news programme in Ireland. Donna has fronted special programmes marking significant events including the recent Open Golf Championship at Royal Portrush, visits by the Pope and the Queen to the Republic of Ireland and the centenary programmes on the Easter Rising and the sinking of the Titanic liner.
Outside of news she has hosted the BBC’s “Children In Need” fundraising extravaganza, the multi-media wildlife series “Wild Week Live”, “Country Times”, “The Balmoral Show”, “Music Live”, the family ancestry series “Blood Ties” and many education programmes. Born in Lisburn, Donna Traynor’s introduction to journalism was with RTÉ in Dublin where she grew up. She joined the BBC in 1989 and as a newscaster for Radio Ulster and was the first person to break the news of the IRA ceasefire in August 1994.
She is held in high esteem by professional peers for her steadfast, calm and collected approach and flawless professionalism. Her face is familiar to everyone in Northern Ireland, as is her classic, understated style and charm. Her longevity at the helm of BBC Newsline is a reflection on her excellence and commitment to her career. Given her current affairs knowledge and ability to work in live broadcast situations, Donna is a popular choice for statutory and commercial conferences and awards events. She is a competent performer with a relaxed and approachable style .