Who is Natalie Sawyer?
Natalie Sawyer is a British journalist and sports-news presenter. Natalie has emerged as one of the most successful women in the field of modern broadcast journalism. She has worked for the channel 'Sky Sports News' for over a decade. Her name has now become synonymous with 'Transfer Deadline Day,' the segment that she has hosted for years. Unfortunately, her 18-year association with 'Sky Sports' ended in 2018. Her departure raised several questions in the media community and is still a mystery. A huge fan of 'Brentford Football Club,' Natalie has been associated with a number of the club’s campaigns.
Natalie commenced her journalism career with the UK-based sports channel 'Sky Sports News,' in 2002, soon after her graduation from college. She started as a production junior. Her tasks included preparing and serving tea and coffee, picking up scripts, and escorting the guests to the studio. She simultaneously worked at the channel's production studio, too. Soon, she began working on news tickers, a job which she enjoyed doing. She also worked with the 'Rugby Union' department during that period, covering rugby games. Natalie used to work till odd hours and even on off-days at times. All her hard work paid off when she was asked to do a screen test for one of their ongoing shows. Natalie was selected, and her journey as one of 'Sky’s' most popular presenters began.
Natalie became the presenter of the channel’s 'Transfer Deadline Day' coverage, which involved covering and reporting each and every update during the “transfer window,” the period during which a football club transfers players from other countries to their own roster. Natalie hosted this particular segment alongside Jim White for over a decade. She eventually became synonymous with 'Transfer Deadline Day,' hosting in her trademark sunny, bright yellow dress. In 2015, she was awarded the title of the 'MILF of the Year’ by 'Heat,’ one of the bestselling entertainment magazines in the UK.
Unfortunately, her 18-year association came to an end in 2018. Natalie quit 'Sky Sports News,' leaving behind several questions regarding her departure.
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Parting Ways with Sky Sports News
After working for 18 years with ‘Sky Sports,’ Natalie quit the channel in 2018. However, her departure did not seem to be very peaceful.
Reportedly, Natalie was terminated by the channel due to a few disagreements with the channel heads. Her colleagues were under strict instruction not to mention her departure on air. Natalie’s departure still remains a mystery.
Apparently, after 18 years of service, Natalie was told that her contract would not be renewed. This very fact suggests that the split was acrimonious. She is yet to address the issue. However, she is still referred to as a 'Sky Sports' employee.
Natalie Sawyer was born on October 23, 1979, in Ealing, a district of West London, England. Her father is English, while her mother is of Bulgarian descent.
Natalie attended the 'Chiswick Community School' in Chiswick, West London. She was an ingenious student in her class. As a child, she developed a keen interest in dance and other performing arts. While in school, Natalie developed various interactive skills, such as public speaking and creative writing. She showcased these skills by participating in several speech shows and stage-act competitions. A true sports enthusiast, she was also the member of her school’s cheerleading team.
Natalie graduated from the 'Leeds Trinity University College' in Horsforth, with a major in history and media.
Natalie was married to her 'Sky Sports' colleague Sam Matterface. They had a son, Sawyer Matterface. However, the marriage ended in a divorce in 2014. Natalie is currently rumored to be dating Irish footballer Jonathan Douglas. The rumors began after she posted several photos of Jonathan and herself on her social-media profiles.