Emma Paton is one of the most recognisable presenters for Sky Sports News, reporting on anything from football transfer days to dart championships.
Initially joining Sky Sports in 2012, Emma has worked her way up to become a familiar face on screen and can be seen in the studio most days. Just as comfortable on the road, Emma can often be seen presenting across the UK and around the world, breaking sports stories and interviewing some of the biggest names in sport including track and field athlete Allyson Felix and cyclist Rebecca James.
Nominated for a sport industry award for her work on Sky Sports News’ transfer window coverage, Emma is committed to working with great people and organisations to define the future of sport.
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Emma Paton was interested in the sporting world long before she became a popular host for Sky Sports. She studied sport and exercise science at Loughborough University, before moving to St Mary’s University College in Twickenham to complete an MA in sports journalism. It was whilst she was studying for her MA that she got her first professional journalism job, working on the news desk for the British Olympic Association during the London Olympics of 2012. It was whilst studying at St Mary’s that Emma carried out work for smaller journalism organisations including the Sports Gazette, Sportsbeat and sportsister.com. Emma has used her unique insight and experience to interview some of the biggest names in athletics, including at the 2018 Athletics World Cup.
Whilst at Loughborough University, Emma was a professional athlete and competed nationally in the 400 metres, where she was one of the best female runners in the country. Sadly, injury cut her athletic career short and she began to look further into sports journalism.
She joined Sky Sports straight out of St Mary’s, spending seven years working behind the camera as part of the production team, before gaining a full-time on-screen role. She has also written articles for the Sky Sports website, and presents the Good Morning Sports Fans (1998-) programme on Sky Sports News between 6-10am.
Throughout her work on Sky Sports, Emma Paton has covered the first-ever all-women’s pay-per-view WWE tournament from New York, the inaugural ePremier League, and 2019’s FIFA eWorld Cup Grand Final from London’s O2. Her enthusiasm spilled over into her presenting when she was asked to be the presenter for the Sky Sports darts team in Blackpool in 2021, one of her most favoured sports.
In addition to her work for Sky Sports, Emma hosted the Web Summit technology conference in Lisbon, speaking in front of thousands of visitors from around the world, with many more watching virtually. She can also be seen in the 2012 movie Fast Girls playing a member of the Ukrainian relay team.
An ambassador for St Mary’s University in London, Emma is a mentor and fierce supporter of female journalists and is keen to use her growing platform to become a positive role model for current and future generations of girls wanting to work in the sporting industry.
Emma is a go-to host for sport-related events and hosted the 2021 Active Wandsworth Awards for sport-related talent in the area.