After briefly working in public relations, Helen Skelton decided to concentrate on journalism. She worked in the newsroom at CFM Radio, and was involved with various programmes at Border Television, before becoming a breakfast presenter on BBC Radio Cumbria in 2005, becoming one of the youngest breakfast show presenters on the BBC network. She was then a reporter and occasional presenter on children’s news programme Newsround and its weekend sports based version, Sportsround.
Helen Skelton was revealed as a new Blue Peter presenter on 28 August 2008, replacing Zöe Salmon, becoming the 33rd presenter for the programme. In a challenge for the show, she took an uncredited role in the BBC production of Merlin. In August 2013, she announced her departure from the show. She was replaced by Lindsey Russell. Helen Skelton worked on other projects during her time on Blue Peter, mainly correspondent-based. These included reporting from the Championships, Wimbledon.
After her departure from Blue Peter, she became a presenter of live FA Women’s Super League football matches for the BT Sport channel, as well as retaining her BBC reporter roles.
Helen Skelton has occasionally presented segments of Countryfile since 2008 and presented two series of Holiday Hit Squad in 2013 and 2014 alongside Angela Rippon and Joe Crowley. Since 2014, she has presented the London Marathon Highlights show on the BBC. She also hosted coverage of The 2016 World Swimming Championships with Mark Foster and Rebecca Adlington.