Broadcaster or Journalist of the Year 

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Rachel Brown-Finnis

Rachel Brown-Finnis is a former professional goalkeeper who played for Liverpool, Everton and several other top WSL sides. During her playing career, she also played for England, receiving more than 80 caps.

Since her retirement from professional football in 2015, Brown-Finnis transitioned into broadcasting and has established herself as a leading pundit across both the men’s and women’s games. She regularly works on BT Sport Score and for various BBC shows, including the Women’s Football Show, Football Focus and Final Score. She also covered Euro 2022 and was the lead co-commentator at the 2023 Women’s World Cup in Australia.

Both as a player and a broadcaster, Brown-Finnis has left an indelible mark on football.

Lucy Ward

After a career as a footballer, for Leeds United in particular, where she spent the majority of her professional playing time, Lucy Ward has gone on to make a significant mark as a sports broadcaster.

She has been an integral pundit promoting the game, providing insightful commentary and analysis for various channels, including BT Sport, BBC, Talksport, Channel 4 and Sky. Some of her key credits include the Women’s World Cup in China, the Euro 2009 qualifiers and finals, the London 2012 Olympics and Euro 2013.

More recently, Ward has expanded her repertoire, contributing to Prime Video and BT Sport’s coverage of Premier League games.

Laura Woods

A seasoned broadcaster, Laura Woods has worked in the world of sports since 2009, starting at Sky Sports. By 2023, she joined TNT Sports (formerly BT Sport) as the lead presenter for the UEFA Champions League and was also ITV’s lead presenter for the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup.

Woods is the 2021 SJA Sports Presenter of the Year and one of the leading broadcasters in the industry. She is a regular on Sky Sports and the host of talkSPORT’s Sports Breakfast, one of the UK’s most popular and listened to shows. Her versatility, natural talent and knowledge continue to entertain and inspire audiences.

Kate Abdo

Kate Abdo is a dynamic force in the football world, commanding our screens with her charisma, wit and insight. Her work for Sky Sports, where she has hosted European football, transfer deadline day(s) and Sky Sports News, ensured she quickly became a household name. In 2015, Abdo joined Fox Sports to host their coverage of the Women’s World Cup, later taking a permanent role in the USA to broadcast their Champions League, Europa League, World Cup and FA Cup coverage.

She is well known for her role hosting the FIFA Ballon d’Or and Laureus World Sports Awards, both of which she has hosted on numerous occasions. In 2020, Abdo returned to the UK to broadcast for CBS Sports as the host of the UEFA Champions League and Europa League. She continues to redefine sports broadcasting.

Charlotte Harpur

Charlotte Harpur is a women’s football writer for The Athletic UK. Her experience as a journalist includes writing for the Daily Telegraph and The Times, and in 2018, she finished in the top three of the SJA Student Sportswriter of the Year competition. Beyond the written word, she is also a commentator for BBC Radio 5 Live WSL and a reporter on the BBC’s One Show’s Final Score.

With her keen eye for detail and thorough research, she provides comprehensive coverage of matches, players and insightful commentary on behind-the-scenes stories.

Alex Scott MBE

A trailblazer in women’s football, Alex Scott’s career and legacy extends far beyond her magnificent playing career. In the years since her retirement as a player, she has mastered the transition from the pitch to broadcasting, enriching commentary with her experience and passion for the game.

Her credits to date include Match of the Day Kickabout, the 2018 FIFA World Cup – where she became the first female football pundit in the BBC’s history to provide commentary on the games – Sky Sports’ Super Sunday, where she was the first woman to join the team, and Goals on Sunday. Scott also covered the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup and, since 2020, has been a regular presenter on the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Awards.

Reshmin Chowdhury

Reshmin Chowdhury is a presenter and reporter at BBC Sports News and BT Sport. Her broadcasting credits include reporting on the UEFA Champions League, the Rio Paralympics in 2016 for BBC 5Live Sport and the FIFA World Cup in Qatar for beIN Sports.

She is currently a presenter for TNT Sports’ broadcasts of the Women’s Super League coverage on Sky Sports, in addition to covering major women’s football tournaments for BBC Sport.

As a broadcaster, she has extensive experience in football and has hosted a wealth of FIFA events.

Emma Jones

Emma Jones is an established sports and entertainment broadcaster who has worked as a presenter for Leeds United Football Club’s LUTV and hosted many football events, including England vs Costa Rica international friendly ahead of the 2018 World Cup. She presents features with footballers for BBC MOTDx.

Alongside founder Vik Tidmarsh, Emma has launched Can I Play?, a platform dedicated to shining a light on opportunities for women in sports to help equip, enable and empower women to overcome obstacles in pursuit of their dream careers.

Lianne Sanderson

Former Lioness striker Lianne Sanderson, who won 50 caps for the England national team, has quickly made her mark on the broadcasting world. She is a key member of talkSPORT’s live women’s football coverage as a co-commentator on England Women’s internationals, including last summer’s FIFA Women’s World Cup, the Women’s Super League and the Women’s League Cup and FA Cup.

At the start of 2024, it was announced that Sanderson had taken over as the new presenter of The Women’s Football Show on talkSPORT 2 every Monday afternoon.

Sirayah Shiraz

Sirayah Shiraz is a content creator and broadcaster specialising in multiple women’s sports. She is incredibly passionate and driven, and her football credits already include working with several major football clubs in the Premier League, Women’s Super League and Ligue 1. She has been featured on Sky Sports News multiple times and was a part of the Chelsea FC 75th Windrush celebration campaign.

Shiraz is an advocate of the women’s game, promoting the importance of women role models both on and off the pitch. She is passionate that women are respected and able to thrive in the sport.