Anna McNamee is an award-winning Canadian journalist and writer who now leads the work of the Trust to promote excellence in religious broadcasting.
Between 2010 and 2013 Anna presented the BBC World Service’s daily arts radio programme The Strand, and continues to make and present programmes for both the World Service and Radio 4.
Having flirted with both radio and print journalism in Japan and Canada, McNamee moved to London in 1992 where, following a period as a freelance news researcher and producer for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC), she joined forces with two independent TV production companies specialising in newsgathering from conflict zones. As a result between 1992-1995 McNamee spent much of her time travelling between Europe, East Africa and Latin America. In 1996 she joined Radio 4’s ‘Woman’s Hour’ as a producer and reporter. She has been associated with BBC Radio ever since.
As a producer and reporter on BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour, she won a Mental Health Media Award, and a programme she made for ITN and Channel Four won an Amnesty International Prize. She presented the daily arts programme The Strand on BBC World Service, where she also produced Reporting Religion.