After completing a degree in French and German at the University of Manchester, she spent a year teaching English to teenagers in Toulouse before studying for a postgraduate course in broadcasting and journalism at City University, London.
She has also presented several BBC specials, including presenting the Queen's Golden Jubilee and Our Monarchy – the Next 50 Years, both alongside David Dimbleby. In addition, she has appeared in Tomorrow's World and entertainment programmes such as Dream Lives and Judgemental.
She has been a household name since joining the BBC's early-morning show Breakfast with Jeremy Bowen at its launch in 2000. She moved to the Six O'Clock News in January 2003 presenting alongside George Alagiah.
Her family is from Yorkshire and the name is pronounced "ray-worth".