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Meet the Spotlight Team

Find out more about the presenters who bring you Spotlight

Victoria Graham

Victoria started her TV career behind the scenes as a presentation director at Yorkshire Television in Leeds. She has been a BBC weather presenter, shopping television host, corporate presenter, and currently co-presents Spotlight with Justin Leigh.

"People often ask us if we do really like each other, or if we just pretend to! You can't fake a good working relationship and I count myself lucky that I really enjoy coming to work with such a great team of people."

As well as presenting the daily regional news programme at 6.30pm, Victoria also presents the 8pm and 10.25pm bulletins. Victoria loves all outdoor pursuits and considers her greatest achievement gaining her Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award.

Her dog Grizzle also appears on Spotlight from time to time and is actually more recognised than she is.

Justin Leigh

Justin has been broadcasting in the South West for more than 20 years. After working at Truro Hospital Radio, Justin joined BBC Radio Cornwall as a volunteer.

"I went in to make the tea for a Sunday afternoon rock and pop presenter and eventually ended up presenting the programme," says Justin. After 10 years at Radio Cornwall Justin joined Spotlight as a reporter and presenter in 1997.

He has covered some of the region's biggest news events including flooding at Boscastle, the 1999 solar eclipse, the foot and mouth outbreak and the Queen's Golden Jubilee. He's also reported from all over the world for Spotlight including South Africa, the Arctic Circle and France.

As well as president of Truro Hospital Radio, Justin is also Vice President of the Tamar Valley Male Voice Choir.

David Braine

David was born in London and educated in Somerset and went on to graduate from university with a BSC Hons 2.1 degree in Meteorology and Oceanography. After serving with the Royal Navy as an environmental expert and instructor David still serves in the reserves as a Lieutenant Commander based at Royal Navy Air Station Yeovilton.

He joined the Meteorological Office in 1995 and became a member of the BBC’s team of national presenters. In 1997 he took over as the training manager responsible for the training of the staff at the BBC Weather Centre and of broadcasting staff in the regions.

When Craig Rich retired David joined the BBC South West team in 2002 and loves being back in Plymouth.

Emily Wood

Emily has been part of BBC South West's multimedia weather team since 2008. Before starting her current job, Emily worked for BBC Radio Devon where she had a variety of roles including presenting the travel bulletins.

She first became involved in the media while at university in Manchester, where she presented her own radio shows. After graduating in History and Sociology, Emily moved to Devon and worked as a volunteer in hospital radio.

Now it's Emily’s job to prepare daily weather forecasts and present them on BBC South West's television and radio programmes throughout the week. She has also worked to support volunteering and in 2008 was awarded a Winston Churchill Travelling Fellowship to study volunteering in New Zealand.

Helen Roberts

Helen has always been fascinated by the weather, particularly enjoying the spectacle of thunderstorms as a child. She knew from an early age that she would like to pursue a career in weather. She studied Environmental Geoscience at Cardiff University, and was lucky enough to carry out her dissertation in Madagascar looking at the effects of Tropical Cyclone Dera, at the same time as gaining qualifications in diving and Tropical Habitat Conservation.

After completing her degree, Helen joined the Met Office as a Weather Forecaster in 2003, and worked in various sectors of the Met Office across the UK, including the Operations Centre in Exeter, before joining BBC Spotlight in 2008.

"I feel so lucky to be able to talk to people in my home region of the South West every day about a topic I love. It doesn’t get much better than that!” says Helen.

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