By Lauren Edwards
Steph McGovern is probably best known as the business expert and sometimes co-host of BBC Breakfast. Her down to earth humour won her a legion of fans and she was soon snapped up for other television projects on both BBC and Channel 4.
In 2012, as a BBC journalist, McGovern described Donald Trump as ‘creepy’ following an interview when he said to her, “I’m going to leave the room to make myself look better, because if we do this interview now everyone is just going to be staring at you and not listening to me.” McGovern was not phased by his attempt to disarm her and retorted with “Aye love, I’ve heard better lines than that down Club Bongo.”
My dad is really eccentric. I thought he was David Bowie for the first ten years of my life because I never saw them together in the same room and he had the look of him! All my friends used to say that, too.
Middlesbrough born Steph had her sights set on a very different career path to that of the small screen. At Sixth Form college, she received an Arkwright Engineering Scholarship as a potential future leader in the engineering industry. At 19, she was recognised as the Young Engineer for Britain after working with Black & Decker on their Leaf Hog product, introducing efficient production techniques which saved the company £150,000 a year. McGovern then went on to study Science Communication and Policy at University College London.
One of my old Breakfast editors said to me: “Before you’re a BBC reporter, you’re Steph. Don’t lose that. Be Steph… who is a BBC reporter.”
McGovern moved into a career on television after taking a work experience placement on the BBC’s Tomorrow’s World programme. She then climbed the ladder from researcher to producer before being offered the job of the main business presenter on BBC Breakfast in 2010.
During the 13 years she spent at BBC Breakfast, McGovern travelled across the UK; interviewing factory workers, meeting coffee shop owners or FTSE 100 chief executives, and bringing her business segment live from over 500 businesses and into people’s front rooms.
Be yourself…that’s the best advice I’ve been given. Value what you have.
Since September 2020, McGovern has been the main host of Steph’s Packed Lunch on Channel 4. The lunchtime show brings viewers an hour of lifestyle, consumer news and celebrity guests. McGovern has used the show as a platform to present vital campaigns such as ‘Steph’s Small Business Market’ to help independent traders, along with ‘Packed Lunch Job Clinic’ highlighting job vacancies across the UK.
McGovern lives in Yorkshire with her TV executive girlfriend. In November 2019, they welcomed a baby daughter.
Steph McGovern’s quotes are from Yours