Julie Etchingham

Presenter and Reporter for ITV News at Ten, ITV Tonight & Exposure - & Election Debates

Julie Etchingham

Julie Etchingham is the award-winning anchor of ITV News at Ten and ITV’s Tonight programme. In 2015 she made history as the first woman to moderate a General Election Leaders’ Debate – the only debate to feature all seven Party leaders. Since 2010, Julie has played major roles in ITV’s General Election, EU Referendum and US Election coverage and during the most recent UK election campaign; Julie conducted agenda-setting interviews with all five main party leaders for the Tonight programme.

Julie was the first woman to co-anchor a UK election night programme – and the first woman to be given the prestigious award for News Presentation by the Royal Television Society, which she won for a second time in 2016. Under her watch, News at Ten has won four BAFTA awards for News and she was named the London Press Club’s ‘Broadcast Journalist of the Year’ in 2015. Julie is Patron of Anti-Slavery International and she has served on the management committee of ‘Women of the Year’ for the past eight years.

Julie also presented ITV’s critically acclaimed coverage of the Royal Wedding (Duke and Duchess of Cambridge) and Diamond Jubilee. She has interviewed the past five Prime Ministers – as well as major figures such as Hillary Clinton, Condoleezza Rice, Aung San Suu Kyi, Christine Lagarde, Cherie Blair and Angelina Jolie. She made a documentary with Prince William and Prince Harry in Lesotho in 2010, and in 2013 she presented live from Rome as the news of the election of Pope Francis was announced. In April 2014, she secured the first British television interview with Pope Francis, as she moderated a conference on Human Trafficking at the Vatican.

Her work on the ‘Tonight’ programme includes a documentary from Afghanistan on the role of women in the military and a film with Doreen Lawrence to mark the 20th anniversary of Stephen Lawrence’s death. She presented two special programmes from Paris and Brussels in the wake of major terror attacks and recently did the same after the Manchester attack and the Grenfell Tower fire.

Julie previously worked for Sky News and the BBC. During her time at Sky, she anchored live from Thailand in the aftermath of the Boxing Day Tsunami, was on air as the news of the 7/7 attacks unfolded, and travelled to the Falkland Islands to make a series of films on the 25th anniversary of the conflict. Julie joined the BBC in 1992 as a news trainee where she subsequently worked as a reporter and presenter. She has written for The Sunday Times, New Statesman, The Guardian, The Telegraph and The Sunday Telegraph.

Julie read English at Newnham College, Cambridge and is married with two sons.