Irish women who forged me­dia ca­reers abroad

Sunday Independent (Ireland) - Living - - THE BIG STORY -

LAURA WHIT­MORE:

Laura (in­set be­low) rose through the ranks at blind­ing speed, from a New­stalk in­tern­ship to MTV, to ITV, all in a few short years.

Bray-born Laura stud­ied at the Le­in­ster School of Mu­sic and Drama as a teenager and landed in MTV in 2008, af­ter win­ning an open com­pe­ti­tion for a pre­sent­ing role.

She car­ried the Olympic Torch in London in 2012 and last year was a celebrity con­tes­tant on the BBC’S 2016 se­ries of Strictly Come Danc­ing.

She’s been linked to Game Of Thrones star Richard Mad­den and Danny O’reilly from The Coronas. She lives in Cam­den, London.

ORLA GUERIN:

Af­ter start­ing out in print jour­nal­ism, Orla, from Dublin, made a ca­reer as RTE’S youngest-ever for­eign cor­re­spon­dent — she was sent to Eastern Europe when she was just 23.

She left RTE to run for the Labour party but did not win a seat.

She then joined the BBC and forged an in­ter­na­tional rep­u­ta­tion with her in­cred­i­bly evoca­tive war pieces. A decade af­ter ar­riv­ing in London, she was awarded an MBE.

RUTH O’NEILL:

Castle­knock wo­man Ruth worked in Los An­ge­les from 2010 to 2015, where she gained ex­pe­ri­ence as an as­so­ci­ate pro­ducer for ABC News and as a reporter for E! News and E! On­line.

In 2015, she moved back to Ire­land, but af­ter noth­ing re­ally took off for her here, she de­cided to make the move to New York city.

The blonde beauty was about to leave for New York when she got a call from Xpose ask­ing to cover ma­ter­nity leave for six months — she re­jected the of­fer and moved to New York.

But, while she was over there, TV3 came knock­ing again and she de­cided it was too good of an op­por­tu­nity to turn down, so she re­turned home to host TV3’S Xpose.

She most re­cently said that this was a mis­take, as she missed her friends in the States so much.

She now has her sights set on work­ing in London.

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