Marie-Louise Connolly, BBC Health Correspondent
BBC Northern Ireland’s Health Correspondent, Marie-Louise Connolly, has been at the forefront of health and social care news since she took up the role in 2009.
We have watched her broadcasting stories around women’s heart health, cervical smears, with special investigations into Muckamore Abbey Hospital, Neurology Inquiry, Mesh implants for men and women, The Bracca1 cancer gene, Mental health and many more. Marie-Louise has a special interest in Menopause health having spoken publicly of her own experience. Most recently we have watched her almost daily reporting on coronavirus – a relentless task as we have watched families being devastated by the virus as thousands of lives have been lost. Marie-Louise told us about the first positive case and the first life to be taken here in NI. It’s a 24/7 role which she says she loves. How did she get into journalism? well after completing a degree in politics at Queen’s University, she studied a masters in journalism at Dublin City University. From there she travelled to Texas to cut her teeth working in a radio station filing stories back home to Radio Ulster and then landed a job in the BBC – a cub reporter on Good morning ulster, then Talk Back and of course as they say the rest is history. Keeping her sane at home is husband Aidan and her kids Niamh and Rory.