Michelle Ponting

Programme leader, Radio Production

Michelle is a radio journalist and programme-maker who joined the University of Chester as a visiting lecturer in 2008 and took up a full-time post in 2015.


HND Media Production and Business

BA Radio Production and Business

MA Teaching, Learning and Broadcasting


Michelle has enjoyed a career in radio since she graduated from Padgate Campus in 1999.  Before joining the University of Chester she worked as a broadcast journalist at Manchester’s Key 103. In her 13 years there Michelle collected a number of industry awards – including a nomination at 2014's O2 Media awards and the award for ‘Best Interview’ at 2015's IRN awards. ‘A Wheel Manchester Gangster’ was an exclusive interview Michelle conducted with one of Manchester’s notorious gang leaders who scaled the big wheel in Manchester – he said he would only get down after speaking to Michelle and telling her his side of the story. Michelle covered the Manchester riots in August 2011 for Key 103 and also provided updates that night for Al Jazeera TV.

Michelle was one of the team that helped to set up Newlove FM – the short licence community radio station that was set up by the family of the murdered Warrington man Garry Newlove.

In her spare time Michelle enjoys spending time with her family – exploring the North West and going on long bike rides.



Michelle teaches Radio Production and also contributes to the audio journalism component of Sports Journalism.