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Tributes flow after death of journalist Liz MacKean

By Staff Reporter

Tributes were paid last night to former BBC and Channel 4 journalist Liz MacKean, who has died following a stroke. She was 52.

After news of the respected investigative reporter's death emerged last night, former BBC colleague Mark Simpson paid tribute to her as a "fearless journalist".

He added that "amongst her many gifts" she had been an expert on Irish politics and security.

Newsnight colleague Jeremy Vine tweeted: "Incredible reporter. Can't believe this."

Ms MacKean joined the BBC's Newsnight team in 2000, and became the programme's resident expert on Northern Ireland affairs.

BBC director of news James Harding paid tribute to MacKean, saying she had earned a reputation as being "remarkably tenacious and resourceful".

"In Northern Ireland she won the trust of all sides and produced some of the most insightful and hard-hitting reporting of the conflict," he said.

"It was as an investigative reporter that she really shone, shining a light on issues from the dumping of toxic waste off the African coast to Jimmy Savile, the story for which she is probably best known."

Originally from Moray, Scotland, she is survived by her partner and her two children.

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