Rachel Brookes is a broadcast journalist for television, radio and online programming.
She began her career by winning a search for a DJ competition on KISS in London and was a freelance presenter there until being snapped up by Rock FM in Preston. After presenting the successful Late Show she was offered the co-host position on the Power FM breakfast show which became Rick and Rachel on Power FM for 5 years. It was the leading commercial radio breakfast show in the TSA for the 5 year period.
Rachel’s love of sport, particularly cricket, saw her present on talkSPORT tv before being offered the role of Sports News reader on the stations No 1 show, The Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast. During her time there she worked on many different sporting events including T20 Finals day from Trent Bridge.
From talkSPORT, Rachel was offered a role with Sky Sports News and in her first year with the channel became the first woman to present live cricket updates from the boundary edge.
After 18 months with Sky Sports News, Setanta Sports News started up and Rachel was offered a presenting role with the new channel. She went on to present the channels flagship Evening Report with Matt Teale as well as single-handedly hosting the Boxing Day football show with a full league fixture programme.
In April 2009 Rachel was sent to South Africa to present the channel’s IPL coverage as the association with cricket continued.
In June 2009 Setanta Sports News closed down and it was Rachel who said the finals words before credits rolled for the last time.
Rachel then joined Premier League tv as a freelancer presenting pre-match programming from around the country. From Old Trafford to Goodison, from Craven Cottage to the then City of Manchester stadium. She was also the Premier League correspondent for Now Sports of Hong Kong, interviewing Premier League managers on a weekly basis.
In June 2010 Rachel was offered the role of Football World Cup correspondent for Bloomberg News and spent the summer in South Africa reporting live to the world every day from various locations around the country.
On her return from the World Cup Rachel was offered a full-time position with Sky Sports News once more. This time presenting from the studio as well as reporting. The love of cricket continues as well as the exciting introduction of Formula 1 for the 2012 season. A lifelong Formula 1 fan Rachel was very excited to be taking on a new role as Sky Sports News Formula 1 correspondent.
In addition to the television and radio work, Rachel has presented numerous high profile events and award ceremonies.