Charlene White to host the National Press Awards

Posted on: March 9, 2020 by admin

** Please note due to the Covid-19 outbreak, the awards have been postponed to a date later in the year.**

Award-winning ITV News presenter Charlene White is to host the National Press Awards ceremony.

With more than 20 years’ experience in both print and broadcast media, Charlene has presented all of ITV News’ main programmes and is the first black woman to present ITV News at Ten.

The awards will celebrate the best of British journalism for 2019 and are known as the ‘Oscars’ for the national press. The shortlist was announced last month and winners will be announced at the prestigious five-star Royal Lancaster hotel in London.

The Society’s executive director and chair of the judges, Ian Murray, said “The Press Awards are seen as the Oscars of the print media and this year’s glittering awards ceremony will be once again the most anticipated evening in the press calendar. We are very lucky to have Charlene joining us to help host the evening.”

Sponsors for the awards include Camelot, which has supported the Society since 2001, Google, Amazon Prime Video, Cision, Wiggin, PA Media, Reuters, the Journalists’ Charity and the British Journalism Review.

The awards are organised by the Society of Editors and fees will help the Society’s campaigns for media freedom on behalf of the industry and assist the Journalists’ Charity.

Tables can be booked by emailing Angela Upton at or calling 01223 30 40 80.

Charlene White

Charlene is an award-winning presenter who has been a popular face on ITV News and ITV London for more than a decade.

She has more than 20 years’ experience in print and broadcast media both in the UK and abroad, including BBC News Channel, BBC Radio 5 Live, New York Post, The Guardian and various regional news outlets.

She has also made documentaries for both ITV’s biggest current affairs programmes: Tonight, and On Assignment. She has presented all of ITV News’ main programmes, and is the first black woman to present ITV News at Ten – an achievement which reflects years of hard work and graft.

With her career beginning at BBC Radio 1 and 1Xtra Newsbeat, she’s more than capable of dealing with the lighter side of news too, which added a lot of fun and banter to ITV’s special programme dedicated to the wedding of Meghan and Harry in 2018.