Sarah Smith

Sarah Smith is the BBC’s inaugural Scotland Editor and played a leading role in the corporation’s coverage of the independence referendum. She also presents the weekly Sunday Politics programme, reviewing the events and interviewing the figures that affect the British political scene.


Prior to her BBC roles, Sarah served as Business Correspondent for Channel 4 News as well as Washington Correspondent, where she covered all things US, including Barack Obama’s election to President.
Sarah has also worked for BBC Northern Ireland, Newsnight and Channel 5, and was the first newsreader on More4 News when it launched in 2005. Sarah has covered stories as diverse as the Madrid train bombings and the trial of Sadaam Hussain, and was once held at gunpoint by the UDA in Belfast.


Sarah sits on the Advisory Council of the John Smith Memorial Trust, and is a director of Assembly Theatre in Edinburgh, one of the premier Fringe Festival venues. 

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