Lee McKenzie has presented for ITV, and also launched the horse racing channel At the Races. McKenzie has also presented Lookaround for Border Television, and covered many high profile stories including the Lockerbie Trial. McKenzie has been a journalist since she was 15 years old. In 2007, Lee McKenzie won the Jim Clark Memorial Award for contributions to motorsport. McKenzie competed in several rounds of the World Rally Championship in 2004, and the Norwegian Mountain rally in 2005.
Lee McKenzie has hosted several programmes, including three seasons of Sky Sports’ A1 Grand Prix coverage, as well as the world feed coverage. A lifelong motorsport and “any sports” fan, McKenzie has presented several programmes on ITV, Channel 4 as well as Sky Sports, including the live Sunday afternoon show Speed Sunday and the British Superbike Championship (BSB). In 2006, McKenzie travelled over 150,000 miles (240,000 km) five times round the world covering both the Formula One and the A1 Grand Prix.
Lee McKenzie has covered most major sports events from the Rugby World Cup to Wimbledon and the Derby, from Netball, Grand Prix and Football. McKenzie has presented for At the Races, covering horse racing for Sky Sports, and presenting the 6 o’clock news. McKenzie covered many big news stories including the Lockerbie trial. Lee McKenzie starred in a TV advert for Nokia, presenting award ceremonies including Formula One and other events. McKenzie presented for the Sony PlayStation, the F1 Regent Street display in front of 300,000 people and was asked by Nigel Mansell and Carl Fogarty to host the launch of their magazine for whom she was the on-track editor and columnist.
Since 2009, Lee McKenzie has been a pit lane reporter on the BBC’s Formula One Coverage. Lee McKenzie was the lead presenter for the BBC’s F1 programme at the Japanese Grand Prix weekend in October 2010 whilst Jake Humphrey presented the Commonwealth Games and presented the Canadian, German and Hungarian Grands Prix in 2012 whilst Jake Humphrey was presenting Euro 2012 and the 2012 Olympic Games. This was the first time a woman had taken on the main anchor role in F1 on British TV.
Lee McKenzie was also reported to be on the BBC’s shortlist of possible anchors to replace departing host Jake Humphrey for their F1 coverage across the 2013 season. In December 2012 it was announced Suzi Perry would take over the role. She started as a presenter on BBC Inspire in April 2014 and the Commonwealth Games. She announced on Twitter she would be covering the Olympics in Rio in August 2016.
On 8 March 2016, it was announced that Lee McKenzie would be joining Channel 4’s F1 coverage following BBC’s decision to no longer broadcast live F1 on TV.