Irish-English broadcast journalist known for her work with BBC Radio 4. She hosted such popular programs as The World at One, Newsnight, and Woman's Hour.
She studied Classics at St. Anne's College, Oxford and subsequently began her career with LBC Radio in London.
She received a British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) award nomination for her news coverage of the 1998 peace proceedings in Northern Ireland.
Her father, Hugh Kearney, was a prominent English historian. She married Chris Shaw in 2001.
She and fellow newscaster Jane Hill both worked for BBC Radio 4.