I'm a motoring journalist and author of The Girls' Car Handbook and The Girls' Guild to Losing your L Plates published by Simon and Schuster. I'm also a popular media commentator on motoring topics. I've appeared on BBC Breakfast news, BBC News Service, ITN, Sky, Good Morning Britain, Radio 4/You and Yours, The Today Program, the BBC World Service and BBC General News Service (GNS) and carried out over 1,700 radio interviews.


I'm also available for broadcast pr days and have worked with a wide range of companies including Halfords, Garmin, Autotrader, Gumtree, Nextbase, and many car insurance companies including Admiral and Direct Line. My style is well-informed but also lively and engaging. Sample interviews and testimonials below. 


Vuelio Journalist spotlight - Maria McCarthy

SoundCloud - Radio interviews

Maria McCarthy - voice reel Radio 4/You and Yours/Radio 5 Live

Maria McCarthy - BBC Radio London/Chat with Robert Elms about learning to drive in London

Maria McCarthy - BBC Radio 4/You and Yours - young learner drivers

Maria McCarthy - BBC Radio 5 Live/ talking about VW emissions scandal


A big thank you to Maria for being our spokesperson for our Diamond women and their cars campaign. Maria's knowledge was second to none, she completely brought the research to life and all the interviews went really well.

Admiral car insurance

Yours was the first name suggested when we were looking for someone to cover the topic - so it's safe to say we hold you in high regard.

Good Morning Britain, ITV

Maria was a pleasure to work with on the radio day. She did an excellent job and in some of the interviews really made me laugh - a very engaging spokesperson talking on what can be an extremely dry topic.

Direct Line car insurance

Thanks for giving a great live interview about the anniversary of the driving test - much appreciated.

BBC Breakfast news

Maria was fantastic. A real pro who came across very well in interviews and understood exactly what Gumtree needed to get out of the day. She proved a good draw for the media and I'd recommend her in a second!

3 Monkeys PR 

Maria was brilliant and the feedback from the radio stations was really positive as well.

Churchill car insurance 


My work has been published in The Guardian, The Daily Telegraph, The Daily Express, Good Housekeeping, Saga and many other outlets. I have been shortlisted for 7 major motoring journalism awards 

2020 Newspress Awards/Consumer Journalist of the Year/Highly Commended

2019 Guild of Motoring Writers/IAM RoadSmart Safety Award/Highly Commended

2019 Newspress Awards/Consumer Journalist of the Year/Highly Commended

2018 Guild of Motoring Writers/GKN Driveline Consumer Journalist of the Year/Highly Commended

2018 Guild of Motoring Writers/AA Campaigning Journalist of the Year/Highly Commended

2018 Newspress Awards/Automotive Feature Writer of the Year/ Highly Commended

2017 Guild of Motoring Writers/AA Campaigning Journalist of the Year/ Highly Commended