ENNISCORTHY journalist Ian Kehoe is stepping into the limelight as reporter with 'Prime Time' on R.T.E. television. The son of Carmel and Peadar was recruited by the national broadcaster after six years with the 'Sunday Business Post' where he rose to the rank of chief news correspondent.
'I won't be sitting in with Miriam O'Callaghan,' explained Ian, who expects to be handed investigative assignments with the current affairs programme.
He has already cut his teeth as a broadcaster on TV3's Vincent Browne show, as well as appearing with Daithí Ó Sé and Claire Byrne on afternoon television. He has also presented the morning business slot with Newstalk radio occasionally.
The former 'young journalist of the year' winner attended secondary school at the C.B.S. in his home town, where he was as member of the debating team.
He later took a course in journalism at Dublin City University, followed by master's degree in international relations and a scholarship at college in Sacramento, California. He is also qualified in the field of commercial law.
He is the latest in a line of Enniscorthy current affairs journalists/presenters, following in the footsteps of Enda Brady (Sky News), Aoife Kavanagh ('Morning Ireland') and Ivan Yates (Newstalk's breakfast show).
'I always liked writing and I was always nosey,' Ian Kehoe told ' The Guardian', explaining his choice of career. In recent times, he has grabbed attention for the 'Business Post' with his pieces on Anglo Irish Bank and on the lack of vetting for foster parents.
Now he hopes to bring his nose for a story from print to one of R.T.E.'s flagship programmes, starting on October 18
His parents live in Dublin, while his sister Andrea is resident on Jersey in the Channel Islands.