2020 Gold standard' Diploma in Journalism (multimedia) News Associates
2019 Awarded the Journalism Diversity Fund bursary
2018 Nominee - Presenter of the Year, Diversity in Media Awards
2017 Nominated - What's Up TV, BEAM TV, TV Programme of the Year
2016 Nominee - BEAM TV Personality of The Year
2015 Nominee - Favourite Presenter, Screen Nation Digital Is Media
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Jacqueline Shepherd is a London based presenter, producer and journalist with a passion for human interest stories and representation.
She can be found presenting The Scene, every Wednesday night on BBC Radio London, uncovering London's diverse and emerging talent. 2021 has also seen Jacqueline make her BBC1 debut reporting for The One Show.
As lead anchor on Sky One's What's Up TV for eight years, Jacqueline reported on everything from social and current affairs stories including Gay Marriage in Northern Ireland, FGM and Study Drugs to entertainment interviews with the likes of Gabrielle, Olly Murs, Nile Rodgers, Billy Ocean, Karl Pilikington and more.
A recent NCTJ graduate (Jan 2020), Jacqueline is carving out a role for herself telling inspiring, motivational stories of underrepresented, winning women some of which can be found on her podcast, Taking the LEAP
Having been described as a journalist for many years, Jacqueline took the leap in September 2019 to make it official, studying for her Gold Standard NCTJ (journalism diploma) at News Associates.
With her NCTJ fresh under her belt, 2020 has saw Jacqueline based in the BBC Radio London newsroom working as a producer and journalist, reporting out on location and producing, presenting and editing Make a Difference bulletins. During the summer she presented The Scene covering for Judi Love and became the official Wednesday night host of the programme at the start of 2021.
2020 also saw Jacqueline join newly launched station Times Radio as an assistant producer; present an item on Misogynoir on BBC5 Live podcast, The Sista Collective; and series produce Life & Rhymes for the relaunched Sky Arts (November 2020).
Prior to 2020, Jacqueline was perhaps best known as the long-term host of Sky One’s Saturday morning TV magazine show, What's Up TV which she hosted for eight years (series 2 - 15,); alongside which she assistant produced five series of the programme before leaving in 2019 to produce series 16.
Jacqueline has presented and provided voice-over to content for some of the UK's most loved brands including the AXA PPP’s, Own Your Fears campaign with TV chef Tom Kerridge, radio adverts for Sainsbury's and Aldi and Team GBs, Get Set to Eat Fresh educational content online.
She spent five years as the voice of entertainment channel Trace Sports Stars (Sky 442) providing their Friday night continuity and voicing their premium content including flagship series, Trace Sports Diaries and Star Block Work Out. Her tenure also saw her voice their daily Olympic coverage Sporty News during the London Olympic games.
Jacqueline has worked for a number of years as talent producer for Matchbox TV rubbing shoulders and coordinating interviews with an array of entertainments' biggest names on the red-carpet including Will Smith, Tom Hardy and George Clooney to name a few!
Described by the Voice newspaper back in 2014 as a natural hair ambassador, Jacqueline has proudly and intentionally rocked her natural afro-hair on mainstream TV.
Her passion for natural hair and championing #afrovisibility can be seen on her Instagram account and has resulted in her hosting a number of Afro hair events such as The Natural Hair Club on World Afro Day for Hairology Conference 2018 and the Project Embrace 2018, Afrovisibility Billboard Campaign Search among others.
Jacqueline is handy with a sewing machine and has had a penchant for design which has remained a hobby since studying Textile Design at Nottingham Trent University.
Her particular passion is creating statement pieces and she uses African printed fabrics to make cushions, face-masks and more.
Check out her secondary Instagram account dedicated to her textiles. Presenting Changing Rooms for a contemporary audience is a long standing goal, but any lifestyle programme would be a dream come true