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Mary-Ann Ochota is a broadcaster and anthropologist who gained her MA from Emmanuel College, Cambridge University in 2002 and is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.


I specialise in presenting anthropology, archaeology, social history and outdoor adventure.

For me, it's all about discovering and telling people's stories in the most exciting and compelling way - on TV, radio, in print and in person. From the heart of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster zone, to conflict zones in the Democratic Republic of Congo, to the slums of Dhaka, the backstreets of Swansea, and the high fells of Britain's Lake District. 

Life After: Chernobyl, Animal Planet

A Dirty Secret, BBC Radio 4/BBC World Service

Best of Enemies: What do the British Think of the Germans? ARD-Alpha

Ancient Impossible, H2: History Channel 2

Unreported World, Channel 4

Raised Wild/Feral Children, Discovery Networks

Britain's Secret Treasures, Britain's Secret Homes, ITV1

The Truth Behind: King Arthur, Nat Geo

Time Team, Channel 4

Silbury Hill: Heart of the Hill, BBC4

I've contributed to Radio 4 (From Our Own Correspondent) the BBC World Service, Sky News, BBC World and BBC Breakfast News and am a regular guest on the Sky News paper preview show. I also report for ITN Industry News.

I've written for the Daily Telegraph, Independent, Sun and the Mirror and have contributed to adventure and outdoors magazines in South Africa, USA and the UK, including BBC Magazine, Geographical, TGO, Getaway and Countryfile Magazine.

Check out my: Telegraph outdoor travel guides

My first book, Britain's Secret Treasures, was published in 2013 by Headline, in conjunction with the British Museum and ITV. It reveals the incredible stories behind 80 archaeological artefacts discovered by members of the British public.

Buy your copy of Britain's Secret Treasures here.

My next book, Hidden Histories: A Spotter's Guide to the British Landscape will be published by Frances Lincoln in October 2016!

I'm proud to be...

a 'Loo-minary' for Toilet Twinning

an Ordnance Survey #GetOutside Champion

a Hill Walking Ambassador for the British Mountaineering Council

a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society

I think anthropology (the study of people, biologically and socially) can help to challenge the most basic preconceptions we have about ourselves and our own society, shedding new light on what it means to be human, and why we do what we do.  Anthropology in your own 'backyard' can be as eye-opening as research further afield!