Shane McElhatton graduated from University College Dublin with a BA in History and Politics. While completing his Masters Degree in Politics at the same University, he worked as a freelance journalist for The Irish Times, In Dublin magazine and Hot Press among others.
Shane joined RTÉ as a trainee journalist in 1984. He has worked on almost all RTÉ news programmes, on TV and radio. As well as reporting, he presented This Week and The News at One. He reported for RTÉ from Lebanon, Afghanistan, Israel and the Occupied Territories, as well as from Northern Ireland during the Troubles.
Having previously worked on Morning Ireland as a reporter, Shane re-joined the programme as an editor in 1995.