One of Britain’s most experienced television journalists, Kirsty Wark, has received an Honorary Doctorate from UWS at our graduation ceremony last week in the Crichton Memorial Church, Dumfries.
Kirsty joined the BBC as a graduate researcher in 1976 for BBC Radio Scotland and moved to television in 1983; working as a producer on Reporting Scotland and later producing and presenting the current affairs weekly Seven Days.
Since then she has presented a range of television programmes over the past thirty years, from the groundbreaking Late Show to Election night specials. She has fronted the BBC’s flagship current affairs show, Newsnight, since 1993.
In addition to political reporting, Kirsty has hosted The Review Show, the weekly Arts and Cultural review and comment show, for over a decade.
Career highlights have included conducting long-form interviews with Margaret Thatcher, Madonna, Damien Hirst and George Clooney, to name just a few.
Kirsty has several major accolades to her name including BAFTA Awards for Outstanding Contribution to Broadcasting, Journalist of the Year and Best Television Presenter.
Commenting on her Honourary Doctorate, Kirsty said:
“I feel very privileged to receive this Honorary Doctorate from an institution which offers so much to local students. It’s also an area with which I feel a great affinity which made the day extra special.”
Professor Craig Mahoney, Principal & Vice-Chancellor of UWS, said:
“We are so pleased to have presented Kirsty with an Honorary Doctorate at our Dumfries Campus. It is particularly fitting for us to pay tribute to Kirsty in the town of Dumfries where she was born. She really is a leading light for our students, particularly for those looking to enter the world of media. Kirsty is an inspiring woman with so many achievements across her career to date and I am delighted that UWS is able to recognise and celebrate this with her.”