Karen PattersonKaren Patterson is a well known face on the BBC. She regularly presents BBC Newsline bulletins and anchors Radio Ulster’s flagship current affairs programme Evening Extra.

Karen has also presented the BBC series Bikes! featuring four of the local road races; the consumer affairs programme Fair Play and the annual Balmoral Show which satisfies her love for the country.

A winner of an Institute of Public Relations award for journalism, Karen excels in the live news environment – breaking stories from all over the world. Her career began in Bangor at the county Down Spectator before she moved to Downtown Radio and onto the BBC in 2000.

Karen is a popular choice for awards ceremonies and has hosted a variety of conferences in the north and south of Ireland. Karen has also chaired debate-style forums for business and farming groups.

Karen lives in county Down with her husband Martin. She enjoys walking in the Mourne Mountains, horse riding, dinner with friends and travelling.