There’s a story brewing – TV newsreader and beer sommelier joins journalism team at the University of Northampton

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Journalism students at the University of Northampton will be able to get the lowdown on television, transistors and top tipples from their new lecturer.

Marverine Cole is one of only a handful of black female television newsreaders in the UK, who’s highly skilled in live news reporting and TV and radio presentation. She’s hosted news bulletins and current affairs programmes for Sky News, 5 News, ITN and the BBC. She’s also produced radio documentaries for BBC 1Xtra, 5 Live and BBC Radio 4.

When it comes to craft beer and real ale, Marverine is a respected authority on the subject and is a Beer Sommelier, accredited by the UK Beer Academy. She’s often been seen extolling the virtues of Britain’s national drink on shows like ITV’s This Morning, The Alan Titchmarsh Show, and BBC 2’s The Great British Food Revival.

“I’m delighted to join the University of Northampton at such an exciting time,” said Marverine. “It has a well-earned reputation for high student satisfaction, having recently gained a TEF Gold Award and on the verge of making a move to a brand new campus in 2018.

“I’ve worked in the media industry for almost 25 years, now, 14 of those as a Journalist and Television Newsreader. Journalism as an industry is changing so fast that we can hardly keep up.  I’m really enjoying preparing our students to be storytellers in this fascinating multi-media world.”

Subject Leader in Journalism, Media and Performance, Matt Walsh, said: “I’m delighted Marverine has joined the team at the University of Northampton.

“Our students will hugely benefit from learning with such an experienced journalist, film-maker and presenter. And we’ll all be looking forward to learning more about beer too.”

Find out more about Marverine on her website.

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