About

Leading network TV news correspondent with outstanding record of major international and home assignments.

“…One of the best news reporters in Britain,” Bill Ludford, Programmes Director

ITV breakfast franchise.

“….Skilful, courageous reporting,” Simon Cole, Managing Editor, Sky News.

Key talents include:

*Fast, accurate and crisply-written coverage of rapidly-breaking stories throughout the world.

*Speedy grasp of complex issues, coupled with talent to distil them vividly.

*Calm, clear and comprehensive unscripted live reporting under pressure.

*Agile use of new media.

CAREER

Freelance

British Forces’ Broadcasting

Video Journalist                                                                                December 2010 -

Sky News

Defence Correspondent                                                                April 2003 – May 2010

-       Repeated assignments to Afghanistan.  Reporting under fire on several occasions whilst covering evolving British mission.

-       Broke news of failures leading to biggest UK loss in campaign.

-       Exclusive award-nominated documentary aboard nuclear submarine.

-       Only TV journalist to fly in RAF Typhoon.

Moscow Correspondent                                                      September 2000 – April 2003

-       First British TV reporter into Afghanistan after 9-11.   Embedded with Northern Alliance forces, broke the news of NATO-lead attack on Kabul.

-       Exclusive on first “friendly fire” air strike.

-       Responsible for coverage from across former Soviet Union.

-       Regular reports from Grozny on Chechen War.

-       Working knowledge of Russian.

Reporter                                                                              March 1992 – September 2000

-       Recruited to strengthen and lead by example relatively inexperienced reporting team.

-       Covered foremost news events, home and abroad, including Balkan Conflict.

TV-am

Chief Reporter                                                                     1985 – 1992

-       Global remit to head up coverage of international news.

-       Live reports from fall of Berlin Wall and ending of Cold War.

-       Accredited War Correspondent crossed into Kuwait with liberation forces.

Central & ATV, Birmingham

Reporter                                                                                1978-1985

-       Acquired and developed full range of skills in daily television newsgathering and production.

BBC Radio

News Producer                                                                     1973-1978

-       Key member of busy newsroom, filing and updating reports for hourly bulletins.

Evening Echo, Lincoln

Senior Reporter                                                                     1972-1973

-       Gathering news from a diverse area to serve daily deadlines.

Lincolnshire Standard, Boston

Trainee Reporter                                                                    1969-1972

-       Achieved thorough grounding on traditional accuracy-obsessed weekly title.

EDUCATION, QUALIFICATIONS AND TRAINING

Carre’s Grammar School                                                        1962-1968

- 6 GCE “O” Levels

Metropolitan Police Cadet Training College                          1968-1969

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