Lee  McKenzie

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Sports Presenter & F1 Pit-lane Reporter

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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 has reported from the Formula One pit-lane for BBC, Sky and Channel 4, as well as fronting coverage of practice sessions and the F1 show on the BBC News Channel. She presents Channel 4's coverage of the W Series, the international women's motorsport competition, and has also presented coverage of international men’s and women’s football, the Olympics and Paralympics, rugby and equestrian sports.

Although probably best known for her work on the grand prix, Lee has also reported from Wimbledon and the Six Nations, and presented daily from the Commonwealth Games, including the opening and closing ceremonies. She has presented Radio 5Live’s Weekend Breakfast and BBC Scotland’s outdoors show Landward. She has hosted Channel 4’s At the Races, as well as the broadcaster's coverage of European and international rugby and the women's European football championships. She's covered a huge range of sports for Sky and ITV, and both mens and women's Six Nations competitions for the BBC.

Having started in journalism as a teenager, Lee moved in to broadcasting with her local ITV station Border TV, where as well as covering major news stories she became the youngest person to ever present a UK television news bulletin at the age of just 22.

Away from the cameras Lee is a regular contributor to newspapers and magazines, and became a World Rally Championship co-driver (in three months she trained, qualified and won her class at Wales Rally GB). She is also the first female recipient of the Jim Clark Memorial Award, which acknowledges achievements within the world of motorsport and the motor industry. As well as presenting Lee is also an entertaining speaker with tales of live broadcasting mishaps, tearful F1 drivers, and sporting secrets.

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