Ray Kennedy (journalist)
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He has been Ireland correspondent for Sky News in Dublin. He was one of the Sky News Ireland's two anchors for its weeknightly programmes with colleague Brian Daly, following the departure of previous Sky News Ireland anchor Gráinne Seoige.
Before joining Sky News, Kennedy worked as a reporter and news anchor for Irish channels RTÉ and TV3. His career began in 1989, working as a reporter with the Irish Independent and Irish Press newspaper groups before radio and television presenting.
He has held the posts of Political Correspondent with Independent Network News (INN). Weekend Anchor TV3, and Ireland Correspondent Sky News International. He is currently a news anchor at RTÉ News.
In 2006 he was nominated one of Ireland's favourite news presenters at the TV Now Awards and in 2016 he won the Justice Media Award television journalist category for the coverage of the Gorse Hill repossession case. In 2017 he was shortlisted for the Amnesty International Media Awards for reporting on poverty in Brazil ahead of the Rio Olympics.
After the Irish general election in 2007 he was considered by then Prime Minister, Taoiseach Bertie Ahern for the position of Irish Government Press Secretary, as reported in The Phoenix August 10, 2007. Ray Kennedy, PR professional David Curtin and former army officer Eoin O'Neachtain were pursued. O'Neachtain was appointed.
Overseas assignments have included the funeral of Princess Diana in 1997 and the war and refugee crisis in Kosovo 1999. He covered the 2004/05 Asian tsunami for Sky News live from Thailand, and was also dispatched to Rome by Sky for the death of Pope John Paul II and election of Pope Benedict XVI. In 2004 Ray Kennedy covered the US presidential election live from Washington, D.C.
He has spent time working from Sky News centre in London. He also broadcast from the Fox News studios in Washington DC with Brit Hume and John Gibson.
He provided three hours of live coverage on Sky News for the 1916 Easter Rising - 90th anniversary military parade in Dublin. He broadcast live commentary on Sky News international for the state funeral of former Taoiseach Charles Haughey.
When Sky News finished Irish operations, he moved back to RTÉ News and Current Affairs.
Ray Kennedy lives in Dublin, and is married with two children. Ray is also a fan of Shelbourne FC and can be seen around Tolka Park stadium on match days with his children.
- "Sky News appoint Ray Kennedy as news presenter". June 22, 2006.
- "Ray Kennedy live in Rome on Sky News". April 2005.
- "Ray Kennedy reports for RTÉ at freed aid worker Sharon Commins homecoming". October 20, 2009.
- "RTÉ's Ray Kennedy on the release of report into Catholic church child abuse". 26 November 2009.
- "Ray Kennedy presenting RTÉ News". 29 November 2010. Archived from the original on 2 November 2012.