News presenter Amy glad to be back up north

Harry Gration and Amy Garcia
Harry Gration and Amy Garcia

“You can take the girl out of Wakey, but you can’t take Wakey out of the girl.”

Those were the words of Amy Garcia as she prepares to take her place on the Look North sofa with Harry Gration on Monday.

Ms Garcia, who grew up in Sandal, left the city when she was 18 years old and spent several years in London working on children’s television shows for CBBC, CITV and the Disney channel.

But she said she simply couldn’t turn down the opportunity to come back up north and co-present the show.

She said: “It was always a dream of mine to co-anchor the programme, so it’s nice to know that I’ve finally got there.

“I’m really excited to be here and to get to share the sofa with Harry. It’s the sort of thing I just couldn’t turn down.

“My partner Tim is from Mirfield, so you can see how my roots are definitely in this area. He’s really looking forward to moving back, too.”

Ms Garcia, 32, joined the Look North team as a broadcast journalist four years ago.

But she spent about nine months working in Southampton for BBC South Today, and has just come back from maternity leave after giving birth to her daughter Mabel, who is now five months old.

Ms Garcia said after working on children’s television she did some lifestyle shows, but decided to study for a masters in television journalism, realising that her real passion was for news.

She said: “My direction changed a bit as I got older and decided I wanted to get my teeth into more serious things.

“It’s really good to be part of the team.”

Ms Garcia, who went to Kettlethorpe High School and Wakefield College, said she was looking forward to covering the Tour de France in Yorkshire next summer.

She added: “The Tour is going to be huge, and it will bring back a similar vibe to the Olympics that we had last year.”

Ms Garcia is replacing former co-host Christa Ackroyd, who left the show in February after 12 years amid controversy over her tax arrangements.