Kirsty's career began in 1986 when she joined the BBC as a news trainee and worked on programmes including Today and the World at One.
From 1989 to 1991 she was the Central European reporter for BBC World Service based in Budapest, covering the fall of the Berlin Wall and the beginnings of the conflict in former Yugoslavia. She went on to be a correspondent in Paris, first for the BBC and later the Sunday Times.
Kirsty also worked as a reporter on BBC2’s Newsnight and presenter on Channel 4 News and BBC World News before deciding to move from foreign news into arts journalism. She has presented Front Row since 2004.
Kirsty has chaired the Orange Prize for Fiction and is a Trustee of the British Council.