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Dominic Laurie

Business Reporter, BBC

Graduated in 2003

Having previously worked as an English teacher in Italy and spent several years in sales, Dominic Laurie decided his future lay in the media and retrained as a broadcast journalist at the University of Central England in Birmingham (now Birmingham City University).

On graduation he joined BBC Radio Oxford as reporter, producer and newsreader before moving to Radio 5 Live on a day-to-day contract as a producer setting up phone-ins, followed by other roles in the BBC's Business and Economics unit in London, Brussels and Salford, where he found his previous business career came in useful.

He has since worked for a number of outlets, including the Working Lunch TV programme, the BBC News channel and the Today Programme on Radio 4, but he has spent the majority of his time at 5 Live. He is now the station's reporter during the day for breaking business stories, which he says is a hugely varied role - unless there's something like new economic data due, he often has no warning what news is going to break each day.

He has also started presenting whole shows, covering for other people and was anchoring the lunchtime show in April 2013 on the day Baroness Thatcher died.

"What attracted me to the course at UCE was its practicality - it was all about getting into the workplace and that was exactly what I wanted. We had four-and-a-half months of intensive training and then it was straight into the placement where, if they liked you, you had a good chance of securing work - I was at BBC Radio Oxford, who kept me on, and there were a number of other people on the course who this happened to."