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Belfast born, Maxine's broadcasting career began at her local TV and radio station BBC Northern Ireland before moving on to Ulster Television and then across the water to ITN in London.
She was appointed Ireland Correspondent when Sky News began in 1988 which meant she returned to Northern Ireland during a turbulent period in The Troubles. She reported on the violence of bombings and shootings as well as political and economic progress north and south of the Irish border.
Reuters were soon attracted to Maxine's phenomenal broadcasting skills offering her a two year spell in Tokyo as the Asian News Editor for Reuters TV. It was there that she covered the assassination of Rajiv Ghandi, elections in India, Pakistan and Malaysia and the first Asian Games in China among many other major stories. She also reported from the Falkland Islands
She then headed to the USA where she became Washington Correspondent for the British breakfast television station GMTV when it launched in October 1992 and reported from the United States for four years including coverage of the Waco siege, the Oklahoma Bomb, OJ Simpson and the Clinton Presidency.
On returning to the BBC in 1996 Maxine became a presenter on BBC World TV in London where she anchored single handed throughout the night when Princess Diana died. This was broadcast live across the world.
Moving on to BBC News 24 (the BBC continuous new channel) when it launched she became one of the main presenters on BBC News. She also presented the BBC One national news bulletins at weekends and Dateline London, a live current affairs discussion programme for BBC World TV.
Maxine left the BBC in April 2017 and is now pursuing a freelance career in which she is speaking, hosting, chairing and facilitating at events around the UK and overseas. She is also writing, coaching and training individuals and teams for companies.
Maxine was heavily involved in the training of the next generation of journalists and broadcasters and also became the leading trainer of presenters and reporters for the BBC College of Journalism. She continues to deliver training to with other broadcasters throughout Europe and to blue chip organisations.
She has received several awards for her work including two from the American Committee for Excellence in Journalism and one from Lincoln University School of Journalism, USA, for foreign coverage of American affairs.