Helen Carson Una Brankin, p6-9
BBC presenter Annita McVeigh may well have reported on some of the shocking news in the past few weeks, but while her on-screen persona is rarely flustered, away from it she is bubbly with a huge heart.
Born in Co Armagh and having honed her journalistic craft here, she is now based in London although comes home for family visits. The mum-of-two was heartbroken to lose her beloved mum to dementia just over two years ago, and the pain of that is still very raw to her as our writer Una Brankin tells.
Her upbringing, which was one of tolerance towards everyone, has also stood her in good stead recently following the terrorist attacks in Manchester and London. And, of course, she sings the praises of Northern Ireland every chance she gets. “Annita McVeigh is one of the BBC’s most polished newsreaders; she’s also warm and friendly. Along with Maxine Mawhinney and Kathy Clugson — and not forgetting Gloria Hunniford — she’s a fine example of the excellent NI broadcasters who continue to shine in London and beyond.”
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