Sally Magnusson is an award-winning journalist, TV and radio broadcaster and author. She has presented a range of programmes for the BBC, which currently include Reporting Scotland, Songs of Praise and the Radio Scotland series Sunday Morning with Sally Magnusson. She is also in demand as a conference facilitator and awards host.
After training on The Scotsman newspaper (during which she became Scotland’s Feature Writer of the Year) and then writing for the Sunday Standard in Glasgow, she moved into television news and current affairs in London, to host the BBC’s primetime national news programme Sixty Minutes and Breakfast Time. She has been the reporter on many documentaries and TV investigations, including the flagship BBC current affairs programme, Panorama.
In 1996 Magnusson won a Scottish Bafta as part of the team covering the Dunblane tragedy and in 1998 a Royal Television Society award for her exclusive television interview with Earl Spencer, Diana: My Sister the Princess. In 2004 her hard-hitting series Britain’s Secret Shame, credited with raising awareness of abuse of the elderly in Britain's care homes, won an RTS award for Best Daytime Series. In 2007 the Institute of Contemporary Scotland awarded her a place in the Scottish Academy of Merit for services to the media. Her 1A Productions documentary for BBC Scotland, Scotland’s Brand New Bank, was nominated for a Scottish BAFTA in 2009.
As a reporter Magnusson has covered several general elections, the funeral of Princess Diana and the opening of the Scottish Parliament. As a presenter she has been a regular host of The Daily Politics on BBC 2 and anchored a range of daytime programmes, including Missing on BBC 1. She was for many years the presenter of the popular genealogy programme Tracing Your Roots on Radio 4.
Based in Glasgow, she is the author of eight books. Her latest is the Sunday Times bestseller Where Memories Go: Why Dementia Changes Everything, published in January 2014 - both an intimate memoir and a call for change in the way society cares for people with dementia. She is the founder and chair of the charity Playlist for Life, which promotes access to personally meaningful music on iPods to people with dementia.