Joanna Gosling started her broadcasting career as a trainee reporter, completing a series of work placements at Birmingham’s BBC WM, Fox FM in Oxfordshire and BBC Radio Scotland in Edinburgh, before securing her first full-time position with Independent Radio News where she read the news for Chris Moyles on Capital Radio. She worked as a freelance reporter for Central Television and later Sky News, and has been with the BBC since August 1999. As a presenter on BBC News 24 Joanna Gosling initially worked on the overnight slot when the channel was simulcast with BBC One and BBC World, before moving to the 9am – 1pm morning shift with Ben Geoghegan, and then Phillip Hayton. Along with Hayton she was part of the team which anchored coverage of the first anniversary of the September 11 attacks in 2002. In December 2003, she moved to a weekend evening slot on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays with Chris Lowe. She had taken over from Anna Jones who moved to her old weekday slot alongside Hayton. During summer 2006, she also appeared as an occasional presenter on BBC Breakfast.
Between 2007 and 2013, Joanna Gosling presented the 7-10pm shift on the BBC News Channel alongside Ben Brown from Monday to Thursday. Until February 2008, the slot included the programme News 24 Tonight. From 2013, she has presented from 11am and 2pm on the channel, also between Monday and Thursday. Joanna Gosling can also occasionally be seen presenting Bank Holiday evening and late bulletins of BBC Weekend News on BBC One. She is also occasionally seen on BBC One presenting news specials.
In April 2010 Joanna Gosling was at Heathrow Airport reporting on the events surrounding the air travel disruption following the eruption of Eyjafjallajkull which forced the closure of airspace throughout much of northern Europe. In May 2010 she was seen reporting from Westminster in the aftermath of the 2010 general election as Labour and the Conservatives tried to negotiate a deal with the Liberal Democrats to form a coalition government, and on 11 May broke the news that Gordon Brown would resign as Prime Minister.
Joanna Gosling presented analysis of the televised economic debate following that programme on 23 June 2010 alongside Nicholas Owen, the programme being a response to the previous day’s emergency budget, and in August interviewed the jazz singer Jamie Cullum as he prepared to give a concert as part of the 2010 Proms at London’s Royal Albert Hall. In December 2010 she spoke to Matt Cardle, the winner of the seventh series of The X Factor, which had been announced the previous evening. On 29 April 2011 she was part of the BBC team which presented coverage of the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton.
In 2008 a clip involving Joanna Gosling was included in a list of five “corpsing” on air moments by Channel 4 News, corpsing being a term used in broadcasting to describe someone breaking into uncontrollable laughter live on air. While presenting on the BBC News Channel, she has a giggling fit after forgetting the name of her co-presenter, Julian Worricker.
Joanna Gosling is briefly seen in the 2005 television film Supervolcano presenting a fictional breaking news item about an eruption of the volcanic caldera of Yellowstone National Park. She was a contestant on the 2015 series of Christmas University Challenge, where she represented the University of Birmingham alongside weather presenter John Hammond.
Joanna Gosling first book, Simply Wonderwoman: A survival guide for women with too much to do, was published in October 2011 by Kyle Books. It is a how-to guide for busy working women with children. The book was serialised in the Daily Mail. Her second, Homemade Simple: Stylish, Practical Makes for Living and Giving was published in September 2013. The book features a series of projects for making things for the home.