Hannah Wilkes

Reporter & Presenter
Sky Sports

Why did you choose to study Media and Communication at Loughborough University?

I knew that I wanted to study Communication and Media—a media and culture-based course. The course at Loughborough really appealed based on the content of the syllabus, and the reputation of the university.


What did you enjoy about your course?

I enjoyed the variety of modules on the course, and the options you could pick, which I think help make it a really well-rounded degree. I also took up the opportunity to study abroad in my second year, which was an absolutely incredible experience which I gained a lot from.

How has Loughborough University inspired you and helped you to progress in your career?

My experience at Loughborough inspired me to really pursue my passion for broadcasting. Taking full advantage of the student television and radio facilities gave me the chance to hone my skills and experiment with different ways of broadcasting and creating content. Having the basics of editing and TV production gave me a real advantage when I started out in the industry.

Would there be one piece of advice that you would give to current or prospective students looking to study Media and Communication?

It's a course where you can indulge your curiosity so take full advantage of that. It caters for a huge range of interests, and my course-mates have gone on to work in a real range of industries. I'd encourage you to read as widely as possible as it really does make a difference to your understanding and enjoyment of the lectures.

Did you take part in any extra-curricular activities during your studies? If so, how did this impact upon your Loughborough experience?

My involvement in LSU Media was an integral part of my time at Loughborough. I met great people, gained a wealth of experience, and it really gave me the confidence to pursue a career in broadcasting. It had a hugely positive impact on my Loughborough experience.

Can you tell us about your career journey so far?

I secured two week's work experience at Sky Sports in the summer between my second and third year at Loughborough. It went really well so I began working as a runner on weekends and in the holidays throughout my final year, before taking up a full-time job there once I graduated. I worked my way up the production ladder, and then began to do a little bit of reporting alongside my role as an Assistant Producer. Those opportunities built and built to more regular on-screen work.

Can you tell us more about your current role?

My current role is very varied which is great; I report live on the netball Superleague; present in-studio and report pitch-side for the NFL; travel the world for Sky's equestrian coverage; present and produce 'Game Changers' which is Sky Sports' kids show; plus plenty more! I also do some radio, presenting talkSPORT 2's breakfast show.

What do you love the most about your job?

I'm incredibly lucky to be working in the industry I wanted to work in, and in a role I dreamed of. I love the variety, I love the buzz of live broadcasting, and mostly I love talking to people about sport; it's the best form of reality TV.