Award winning ITV news anchor at Journalism Week

By Rach Gallacher

It’s the final countdown to journalism week when professional working journalists such as Mark Austin will be making their appearance here at Leeds Trinity University.

Mr Austin took over as chief presenter of ITV News when Trevor McDonald retired and now co-presents the news at 10 o’ clock.

Becky Bott, a student at the university, said: “It’s big news that the university has been able to get a well-known public figure such as Mark Austin to speak next week.

“It will be really interesting and I’m sure a lot of people will get excited about it.’’

He started his career in the media as a general reporter on the Bournemouth Daily Echo back in the 1970s.  After he left, he went on to work as a general reporter for the BBC before becoming their sports reporter in 1985.

Some of the major sporting events he has covered over the years include England’s successful Ashes tour of Australia, the 1992 summer Olympics and Wimbledon.

As well as being a top sports correspondent, he has successfully covered international events such as the 9/11 attacks in Washington and New York and the war in Afghanistan.

Mr Austin has 15 years’ experience as a foreign correspondent where he travelled the globe.

In 2000 he won an International Emmy award in the US for his coverage of the Mozambique floods and in 2010 he won a BAFTA for his part in the ITV News coverage of the Haiti earthquake.

Aside from covering the news, Mr Austin presented the first TV series of the reality show Survivor and showed his compassionate side by winning £32,000 for his chosen charity on Who Wants To Be A Millionaire.

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