Lucy studied psychology, sociology and politics and achieved a 2.1 at Cambridge University. Lucy imagined a career following the exploits of politicians not celebrities.
A stint helping Martin Bell fight his Tatton seat in the 1997 election only served to strengthen her determination to follow this path.
Following a postgraduate diploma in Broadcast Journalism Lucy worked as a news reader and reporter for various radio stations.
Lucy then worked on the BBC’s Daily Politics Show during the 2005 election and secured a role as a reporter and presenter at Granada News in Manchester. After a couple of years she went freelance, writing and presenting a documentary for Granada’s regional programmes as well as reporting for their political programme (this included an investigation into gangs in New York in which she visited a prison interviewing gang members and touring the Bronz with an ex gang leader).
Sky Arts came next with a role as presenter and producer on the channel’s first Hay on Sky series with Mariella Fostrup. Lucy presented daily highlights from the festival as well as producing daily colour pieces with comedian Rory McGrath.
When Lucy moved back to London she started reporting for London Tonight and was then offered the position as Entertainment Correspondent. This job gave Lucy some fantastic opportunities; she reported live from the red carpet for all the capital’s film premieres, she’s had kisses from Will Smith, hugs from Hugh Jackman and George Clooney said ‘yes’ when she proposed to him.
Lucy has co-presented the programme’s Christmas London light switch on – taking the viewers around 5 different venues speaking to Colin Firth, Spandau Ballet and Bob Hoskins.
Lucy co -presented London Tonight on a regular basis and did a daily showbiz bulletin on ITV 2.
Lucy writes all her own scripts, is a very competent live performer and can edit her own pieces using Avid.
In Lucy’s new role at Sky News, she is bringing Sky News viewers and web-users the biggest arts and entertainment stories from across the globe.
Lucy reports live from all the major award ceremonies and red carpet events including the Oscars, EMMYs and BAFTAs, and securing exclusive sit-down interviews with the world’s most influential artists. In addition, she continues to report live from the Sky News studio in West London on the latest breaking entertainment stories, offering background expertise, insight and analysis.
Lucy Cotter is the name to watch out for!