Seán O'Rourke has been the presenter of News at One since Janauary 1995. He is also the presenter of The Week in Politics, which airs every Sunday night on RTÉ One television.
Aged 54, O'Rourke was born in Portlaoise and reared in Galway. He is an Arts graduate from the National University of Ireland, Galway. His earlier career included periods with the Connacht Tribune (reporter), The Sunday Press (sports journalist & feature writer), and The Irish Press (Political Correspondent).
Since 1989 he has been with RTÉ News & Current Affairs as an editor-presenter. On Radio One he anchored Morning Ireland, and This Week before moving to the News at One in 1995. On RTÉ television he has presented Today Tonight and Prime Time as well as the features programme Family Matters which he co-presented with his wife, Caroline Murphy. (They have six children aged from 22 to ten).
Sean O'Rourke has been RTÉ's Radio's main anchor for over a decade on general election results programmes. His international assignments have included South Africa's first Democratic elections in 1994, the election of Pope Benedict XVI IN 2005 and the State visit of President Mary McAleese to China in 2003. He has made TV documentaries on Brain Injury, the Irish Army's UN peacekeeping role in Lebanon and on President McAleese.
1997: ESB National Media Awards: Radio Broadcaster of the Year.
2007: NUI Galway Alumni Award for Arts, Media & Communications.
2008: PPI News Broadcaster of the Year.
2009: PPI News Broadcaster of the Year
Despite what it says on Wikipedia about Seán being an All Ireland javelin thrower, in fact he never threw a javelin in his life. He does admit to an interest in golf and plays off 16.