As a broadcaster Sally Magnusson has worked on a range of BBC programmes and currently presents Reporting Scotland on BBC1. She is also the author of eleven books, including three critically acclaimed historical novels, the most recent of which, Music in the Dark, was published in May 2023. Her bestselling memoir Where Memories Go: Why DementiaChanges Everything (2014), has been credited with improving knowledge and understanding of this widespread brain condition.
Out of that experience Magnusson founded the music and dementia charity Playlist for Life. She was the EveningTimes Scotswoman of the Year in 2018, has honorary degrees from the universities of Edinburgh, Stirling, Glasgow Caledonian and the Open University and is an honorary fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow.