Michelle grew up in Manchester and has a degree in Psychology. She joined the BBC as a programme maker in 2005, and has worked across a wealth of shows within Entertainment, Children’s & Current Affairs.
Michelle is an accomplished live presenter and is currently presenting alongside Matt Baker on The One Show.
She is the presenter of popular BBC daytime show Council House Crackdown. Here Michelle follows investigators as they crack down on rogue social housing tenants, seize their homes & give them to families in genuine need.
Michelle has been part of the Watchdog team for 2 years where she’s not afraid to take on a challenge and help affect change for the viewers at home.
She is also the live location reporter for Crimewatch Roadshow where she takes to the streets of Britain to appeal for help with unsolved cases. Within this show she also gets a closer look at the emergency services and has done everything from abseiling down the Brecon Beacons with the Mountain Rescue team – to taking part in a full scale riot training exercise at Gravesend training facility.
Michelle is also a regular reporter on Inside Out Northwest covering stories that affect the local community.
Michelle has a true flair & passion for hosting live events.
She travelled to 12 cities in 12 days for the London 2012 Olympic Torch celebrations. Here she got crowds of over 20,000 in the spirit for the games and interviewed sporting stars past and present live on stage.
She’s also hosted events for the BBC’s Sport Relief team and is the live location reporter for all their BBC coverage.
As well as her in interest in sport Michelle’s love of music was evident when she hosted the ‘Ten Pieces BBC Proms’ at the Royal Albert Hall.
Michelle stared her career in BBC Children’s and regularly hosts high profile events such as the children’s BAFTA’s, BBC Learning Live Lessons and Make It Digital tours.
The ‘Arts’ is another area of interest for Michelle. As part of Black History Month she hosted an exclusive screening of Don Warrington’s ‘King Lear’ – interviewing the director Michael Buffong and holding an insightful Q&A with audience members. She’s interviewed the likes of Damien Hirst, & opened a variety of art exhibitions.
She is also the patron of the Manchester based charity Venture Arts where she works with children who have learning difficulties, encouraging them to get creative and connect with each other through art and design.
Michelle works with a charity called HomeShare which focuses on pairing the elderly with companions to help combat loneliness is the older generation.
Follow Michelle on Twitter: @MichAckerley