A TRAINED SCIENTIST AND JOURNALIST, SARAH’S PROUDEST MOMENT WAS REPORTING FROM NASA ON THE FINAL SHUTTLE LAUNCH AND LANDING, FOR THE BBC.
Sarah Cruddas is an experienced journalist and presenter. She has reported from across the world including China, Tibet, North Korea, the Arctic, Australia, America and much of Europe. She is also a trained scientist with an academic background in astrophysics. Passionate about all aspect of science and the environment, Sarah specialises in space science and technology, but also devotes a lot of her time to reporting on issues in developing countries, with a particular view on how science can help.
Her reports can be heard of Radio 4’s flagship ‘From Our Own Correspondent’, BBC World Service and BBC GNS. She has written for The Sunday Times, New Scientist, BBC Sky at Night magazine and BBC Futures – where she has her own column looking at science at the extremes. Sarah can be seen on Horizons on BBC World and on Coast, Sky News and Daybreak as a pundit. She also presents on BBC Radio 4’s ‘Costing the Earth’.
Amongst Sarah’s greatest achievements, she lists covering the final ever launch and landing of the space shuttle live from NASA’s Kennedy Space Centre in Florida, reporting from inside Tibet and taking a speedboat to North Korea. Away from serious science and journalism, Sarah is able to poke fun at herself, with acting credits including making two cameo appearances on Derren Brown: Apocalypse, on Channel 4. She is also a popular corporate presenter for big clients such as AON, as well as a confident public speaker, giving talks to motivate and inspire young people and hosting events.
Sarah is also emerging as a travel journalist, having covered the final of ‘Best Jobs in the World’ for Tourism Australia; she travelled the country reporting for several media outlets. The result was international coverage of the competition and Sarah even faced her greatest fear – swimming with sharks in the open sea.
Prior to all of this Sarah was a Science Correspondent with the BBC, she reported for the BBC News Channel, BBC North West Tonight, BBC Five Live and various BBC regional radio. She also popped up on Newsround as a science expert as well as working as the reporter covering the BBC’s Stargazing Live programme in 2012. She has worked on The Sky at Night and presented weather films for Bang Goes the Theory.
Sarah was inspired to become a journalist, after travelling South America as a student and wanting to show people the world. Her career started on work experience at BBC Radio 1, she then moved on to become a local radio reporter, first at BBC Coventry and Warwickshire and then BBC Hereford and Worcester. She covered high profile stories including the murder of Lindsay Hawker and the 2007 floods. In May 2008 she became one of the countries youngest ever weather presenters when she started forecasting for BBC Look North. It was this job that gave Sarah a taste for live TV and started her career communicating science.
In the future Sarah hopes to inspire others about the world around them, telling stories about things that most people do not get to experience in their everyday lives. Be that reporting on every future manned space mission, to the fact that people who live in Tibet cannot get a passport, simply because they are Tibetan.