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BBC journalist Stephanie McGovern picks up her honorary degree at Teesside University
6:16pm Monday 2nd December 2013 in News
POPULAR BBC journalist Stephanie McGovern returned to her hometown to receive an Honorary Doctorate.
The business correspondent was at Teesside University in Middlesbrough, where she was made an Honorary Doctor in Professional Achievement.
The 31-year-old said: “I always think of people who get honorary degrees as having really achieved something and I don’t feel like I have yet.
“I’m proud to be from the North-East. I remember early in my career people telling me I needed to change my accent, that I needed to sound more professional, more BBC perhaps, but I think if I wasn’t from Middlesbrough I wouldn’t have done as well as I have.”
The former Macmillan Academy pupil left Middlesbrough to complete a degree in Science Communication and Policy at University College London.
She later worked at Black and Decker and won an engineering award, but decided to follow her dream of working in the media and secured work experience at the BBC.
Ms McGovern, who now lives in Manchester, paid tribute to her parents Anne and Eamonn, who accompanied her to the graduation ceremony, saying: “They have been key to everything I have achieved in life, I couldn’t have done it without them.”
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