Tom McGuire was born in Longford and educated at St Mel’s College, Longford and St Patrick’s College, Maynooth, County Kildare. His career as a journalist began in 1990 with Radio Kerry, where he was employed as a current affairs presenter and as Head of News. In 1993 he joined RTÉ in its Cork studios where his roles included those of radio presenter, radio producer and reporter on the ‘Nationwide’ television programme. In 1999 he was appointed Current Affairs Editor of RTÉ Radio 1, then Regional Editor of RTÉ Radio 1. He won the PPI Documentary of the Year Award in 2004 for ‘The Siege of Jadotville’. Among his production credits are the ‘Grassroots’ series on local government and the RTÉ Radio 1 series ‘The Constituencies’. He has been head of RTE Radio 1 since 2014.