Lee McKenzie

Lee McKenzie

F1 Pit-lane Reporter

Synopsis

Aside from equestrian duties, Lee is usually found in the Formula One pit lane. She has made four racing drivers cry (mostly for positive reasons) – and earned a co-driver’s place in the World Rally Championship. Lee has also competed against Michael Schumacher in a rodeo tournament.

Biography

Lee McKenzie reports from the pit-lane for Channel 4’s Formula One coverage, having previously carried out the same role for the BBC, as well as hosting practice session coverage and the F1 show on the BBC News Channel.

Alongside her work on the grand prix, Lee has also reported from Wimbledon and the Six Nations, and presented daily from the 2014 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, and covered a huge range of sports for Sky and ITV.

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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