Lee  McKenzie

Lee McKenzie

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Sports Presenter and Writer 

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Synopsis

Alongside a decade reporting from the Formula One pit lane Lee has also covered rugby, football, tennis and the Olympics and Paralympics. She has made four racing drivers cry (mostly for positive reasons) and earned a co-driver’s place in the World Rally Championship.

 

Biography

Lee McKenzie is a broadcast journalist and presenter who has covered some of the biggest news and sports events of recent times. She is best known for her work presenting Formula One for Channel 4 and previously the BBC, alongside Wimbledon and the Olympics and Paralympics. She also presents live coverage of W Series, a global motorsport series for female racing drivers. Lee is also known for presenting rugby, the sport she started reporting on at the age of fifteen.

She presents international rugby and the European Champions Cup for Channel 4 and the Men’s and Women 6 Nations for the BBC. Lee has also covered the Commonwealth Games, equestrian and the Boat Race for the BBC, as well as the Women’s European Football Championships for Channel 4. Lee fronted the Goodwood motorsport and Revival coverage live on ITV1.

Lee started her career as a written journalist before joining Border TV as a trainee. She holds the distinction of being the youngest person in the UK to present the news having made her anchoring debut on Border TV at the age of twenty-two after just twelve months with the station.

Having started her career in News, Lee’s journalist training was put to full use as she covered the big stories of the day, from the Lockerbie Trial, General Elections, the opening of Scottish Parliament to major court cases.

Lee comes from an equestrian background and has a deep knowledge and affection of horses, and she is a patron of World Horse Welfare. Her love of the countryside lead to her presenting on BBC Scotland’s rural programme Landward, where she covered a diverse number of stories from training with police horses to spending a week at Aviemore Wildlife Park looking after Polar Bears and Amur Tigers.

Lee is very much at home on radio as well, having presented BBC Radio 5 Live’s Weekend Breakfast Show. Her distinctive Scottish accent has been used to voice numerous TV series and documentaries.

Away from work Lee is a keen skier and has been a co-driver in the World Rally championships. She made history by becoming the first female recipient of the Jim Clark memorial award, which acknowledges achievements within the world of motorsport and the motoring industry.

Her book Inside F1, focuses on the careers of seven F1legends and their incredible lives.

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