A dynamic broadcaster who has spoken in support of increasing the number of women on-air, Jane admits that she had to beg for her first job in radio. From a modest beginning as a promotions assistant at Radio Wyvern, she quickly rose to news editor before working as a reporter and Breakfast Show presenter at BBC Hereford and Worcester.
Garvey was the first voice to be heard on BBC Radio Five Live when it launched in 1994. She presented a number of programmes for the station including the Breakfast Programme, Midday and the Drive Show. Her partnering with Peter Allen created an outstanding team that won a Sony Radio Academy Award on four occasions.
When an Intercity train that Jane was travelling in crashed at Southall killing five passengers, she reported from the scene using her mobile phone. Her accounts of the tragedy are among Five Live's most memorable and emotive broadcasts.
In 2007 she moved to BBC Radio 4 as a presenter of Woman's Hour and has sometimes created controversy with her candid remarks. Commenting on a view expressed by one radio critic, she said, “It's a bit unfortunate for a presenter of Woman's Hour to be called a mysogynist."