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Family the real focus for popular TV presenter Sarah Travers

BY AMANDA FERGUSON

Sarah Travers is one of Northern Ireland's most popular broadcasters.

The 39-year-old from Portstewart, who was educated at Dominican College in the Co Londonderry town, began her broadcasting career while studying at Nottingham Trent University.

She initially worked at BBC Radio Nottingham and Central News and then joined BBC Radio Foyle in 1995 as a freelance reporter and news bulletin presenter.

She moved to the BBC newsroom in Belfast in 1997 and ended her career with the corporation in January as a reporter and presenter on flagship evening news programme BBC Newsline.

During her time with the BBC she fronted Newsline's popular Family Focus segment.

When Sarah decided to call it quits earlier this year, to concentrate on her young family, she was quickly snapped up by UTV to front The Magazine, a celebrity chat and lifestyle programme.

The glamorous and talented mother-of-two kids – Jack and Evie Rose – is married to journalist and writer Stephen Price.

Sarah has fronted several charity campaigns to raise awareness of Alzheimer's disease following her father Ian's diagnosis.

In 2011 he joined her and 200 other walkers taking part in Belfast's Memory Walk to raise money for the Alzheimer's Society.

When Ian died at the beginning of October she paid tribute to him on Facebook: "Fathers and daughters share a very special bond," she wrote.

"Jennifer and I lost our wonderful dad today to the cruel disease of Alzheimer's which, in fact, stole him from us long before.

"Rest in peace our handsome Daddy. Nothing can hurt or frighten you any more xxxx."

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