Rachel Burden
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Rachel Burden

Rachel Mary Ann Cecilia Burden (born 22 January 1975 in Marlow, Buckinghamshire, England) is a radio news reporter and presenter. She has presented the BBC Radio 5 Live weekday breakfast show since 2011.

Early life

The fourth of five children,[1] Burden is the only daughter of former BBC journalist Paul Burden and his wife,[2][3] and the niece of the actor Hugh Burden. She went to school from 1987-93 at Wycombe High School, a girls' grammar school in High Wycombe, taking English, History, Politics and Practical Music at A-level.[4][5] After graduating from Trinity College, Dublin, she studied broadcast journalism at Cardiff University.[1]


Burden began her career as a reporter at BBC Radio Suffolk, and 15 months later joined BBC Radio Bristol where she co-hosted the early morning breakfast show, working alongside Nigel Dando, the brother of the murdered presenter Jill Dando. She joined Radio 5 Live in 2003, the day before her father retired from the BBC.[6] She took over the weekday breakfast show from Shelagh Fogarty in May 2011, alongside current co-presenter Nicky Campbell. Burden made her debut on the BBC Breakfast television programme as a relief presenter on Saturday 23 August 2015.

Personal life

Burden is married to journalist Luke Mendham and has four children. The family live in the countryside near Knutsford, Cheshire.[1]. Burden holds an Irish passport


  1. ^ a b c "BBC's Rachel Burden - my new life in Knutsford". Cheshire Life. 20 March 2014. Retrieved 2015.
  2. ^ Interview on YouTube
  3. ^ http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:8rum6BJOSbsJ:www.normanphillips.co.uk/paul_burden.htm+paul+burden&cd=5&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=uk&client=firefox-a
  4. ^ Bucks Free Press June 2015
  5. ^ "Former Student Profile: Rachel Burden". Wycombe High School. 15 June 2015.
  6. ^ "About Rachel Burden", bbc.co.uk. Accessed 9 November 2011

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