Colette Fitzpatrick is one of Ireland's most experienced live Television and Radio Broadcasters. She is Virgin Media One’s News Anchor where she presents the channel's flagship weekday news bulletins The 12.30 and The 5.30.
From Holycross, Thurles, in Co Tipperary, Colette has been working in television and radio for more than two decades. She has a broad knowledge of current affairs and news, excellent interviewing skills and the ability to react to a breaking news story in a live studio environment.
She joined Pat Kenny co-hosting the first series of Pat Kenny Tonight before returning to her full-time role on Virgin Media One.
Colette has presented special live news programmes on breaking news days including co- presenting the first live television leader’s debate for Election 2016 and a four hour live special news programme on Storm Ophelia. She has also presented special live programmes including from Westminster on Brexit.
Colette has anchored 5-hour broadcasts on the state visits of Barack Obama and Queen Elizabeth the Second to the country and presented special programmes on The Lisbon Treaty Referendum Result, the announcement of the resignation of then Taoiseach Bertie Ahern, General Election results and the death of the former Taoiseach Charles Haughey.
She has also reported from abroad on the disappearance of Madeleine McCann from Portugal, from Sri Lanka in the aftermath of the tsunami in 2004, from Kashmir in the aftermath of the earthquake in 2005 and from Uganda to report on the largest refugee camp in the world. She co presented a documentary on the crisis in Uganda with Game of Thrones actor Liam Cunningham.
Throughout her career, Colette has been presented with many awards including, the overall broadcasting award at the 2015 Justice Media Awards for a special news programme on the Graham Dwyer trial.
Her Midweek Programme won Certificates of Merit at the awards in 2013, 2012 and 2010 for programmes examining issues surrounding cameras in courtrooms, the controversial ‘defending your home’ legislation and legislation surrounding headshops. Colette also won the TV NOW Best News Presenter Award in 2007.
On radio, she hosted Newstalk's Breakfast Show from 7am-9am weekdays. She previously presented her own show on Newstalk The Colette Fitzpatrick Show on Sunday mornings. She also worked in the newsroom in Today FM where she edited and presented hourly news bulletins and reported on a range of stories including courts and tribunals. In addition, she produced the Sunday Supplement, presented by Sam Smyth.
Colette has a weekly column in the Herald newspaper and has also written opinion editorials for the paper. Colette also previously worked at East Coast FM in County Wicklow where she co-presented the Breakfast Show and produced the mid-morning Current Affairs Show.
Colette graduated with a first-class honours’ degree in Journalism from DIT in Aungier Street.
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