Sheila Dillon, presenter of BBC Radio 4’s The Food Programme explores food systems in the media.
Sheila has been a food journalist for over three decades, beginning work as an editor and writer at the New York based magazine, Food Monitor. For over 20 years she has worked on The Food Programme, first as reporter, then producer and now presenter. Her investigative work has won many awards including the Glaxo Science Prize, Caroline Walker award and several Glenfiddich Awards. In the late 1980s and 90s she and Derek Cooper covered the breaking scandal of BSE, the rise of GM foods, the growth of the organic movement from muck and magic to multi-million pound business, the birth of the World Trade Organisation and irradiation at a time when those subjects were not even a gleam in a newshound´s eye. More recent programmes on school meals, the horsemeat scandal and powdered baby milk carry on the tradition. She has been awarded two honorary doctorates. One in 2016 by Harper Adams University and the other in 2008 by City, University of London for her work, which, the citation says, “has changed the way in which we think about food”.