Born in Canada, and educated at McGill University, Montreal, and St Anthony's College, University of Oxford where she first came to in 1979 and completed a doctoral thesis entitled The Evolution of Political Television and its Influence on Election Campaigning in Britain.
After a period lecturing in University, Even began her television career at TV-am in 1987, first as a researcher in the political unit and then as a producer and reporter from 1989, mainly from Westminster. In 1990 she took over fromRichard Keys as regular host of the early show and began deputising for Lorraine Kelly on Good Morning Britain. She also fronted the revamped First Report and covered for David Frost with Even on Sunday, which ranged across politics, the arts and sport.
Even is a governor and former Vice Chair of the South Bank Centre, and a member of the Mayor's Cultural Strategy Group for Mayor of London Ken Livingstone. Even was nominated by Livingstone as the Greater London Authority representative for the London Museums Agency.