Stephen started his career in journalism, as many do, through hospital radio. He began working at Radio Lonsdale, serving Furness General Hospital in Barrow in Furness.
There, he gained expertise in radio broadcasting and technical equipment and prepared basic news bulletins. This soon progressed into professional radio when he started his degree course at Nottingham Trent University. Stephen was part of the very first year of what was the very first undergraduate course in Broadcast Journalism in the country.
With Jon Snow of Channel Four News as a visiting professor, he thrived with every opportunity to develop his skills as a reporter, producer and technician in the broadcast news environment. This quickly led him to a weekend reporting and presenting contract on the city's most popular radio station at the time Trent FM.
breaking news
It was while working for Trent as a student that Stephen first broke the news of missing baby Abbie Humphreys and supplied the Independent Radio News network, IRN, with all their coverage on what was the biggest story in the country.
He also became an integral part of the investigation, working with Special Branch, as they investigated calls from the suspected kidnapper to the radio station, although this ultimately turned out to be a hoax.
After graduating, Stephen continued to work for the Radio Trent group in Nottingham and Derby. After less than a year he was headhunted by ITN in London to produce their programmes 'ITV Morning News' fronted by Denis Tuohy and 'ITN World News' on NBC Superchannel. Stephen also stood in on occasion to present the World News Updates.
In 1997 he was poached again, this time by the launch team of Five News, still part of ITN, where he started as Senior Producer on Five News Early, the breakfast show anchored by Scott Chisholm and Becky Anderson (now with CNN). Stephen quickly became Programme Editor, taking responsibility for editing, writing, reporting AND picture editing for the programme.
On top of that, he then assumed the role of presenting the late night and 8 am Five News Updates, making for a multi-skilled job second to none.
In 2000 he left Five News to go freelance and started presenting 'Sky News on the hour' as their regular overnight anchor.
During this time he also freelanced as Programme Editor of the Big Breakfast News and presented Simply Money, a digital personal finance channel, alongside Angela Rippon. Their main reporter was the now famous 'Money Saving Expert' Martin Lewis.
In 2003 Stephen started to work full time at Sky News, where he has presented every single strand across the network, with particular stints on Sunrise, Sky News Today, Live at Five and Sky News at Ten. Stephen is now one of just a handful of presenters whose show is branded with their own name in the title, so Sunrise with Stephen Dixon is his permanent home.
He is also a regular stand in for Dermot Murnaghan, Eamonn Holmes and Kay Burley.