Our mentors

Being a John Schofield Trust Senior Fellow is an invaluable opportunity to support the next generation of journalists through direct contact for a year. You will help them with developing skills, both professional and personal, in a structured way based on individual needs, and join a growing community of Fellows and Senior Fellows all with a shared vision to ensure newsrooms are representative of the audiences they serve.

If you are interested in becoming a Senior Fellow/Mentor, please contact the Trust using the contact form.

Adam Waters

Adam runs BFBS Creative and BFBS Academy and is a published author on digital content, a juror for the Royal Television Society Journalism awards, and a mentor for Creative Access.

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Alex Crawford

Alex Crawford

Alex is Special Correspondent at Sky News, and during her 30 year career has been arrested, detained, abducted, interrogated and faced live bullets, tear-gas, IEDs, and mortar shells.

Based in Istanbul, she reports on major stories around the world. Alex has covered events in Africa, South Asia, the Gulf and the Middle East including covering the Arab Spring uprisings in Tunisia, Egypt, Bahrain, Libya and Syria.

Alex was the first correspondent to independently access Myanmar’s Rakhine State, and get first-hand evidence of what the UN called ‘ethnic cleansing’ of the Rohingya.

She has won numerous awards including 2 Emmy’s, a BAFTA for coverage of the Ebola crisis, and is an unprecedented 5 times winner of the Royal Television Society Journalist of the Year award.

Alex was awarded an OBE by the Queen for her fearless journalism.

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Alex Jacques

Alex is lead commentator for Channel 4’s Formula One TV coverage. He won Broadcast Sport Commentator of the Year 2022.

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Alex Milner

Alex is a BBC Editor in News & Digital Projects, an award-winning world affairs producer and film-maker and a trustee specialising in counseling not-for profit boards on governance issues ranging from risk to crisis and stratcomms.

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Alison Comyn

Alison is an Irish television journalist and broadcast. She currently presents Sky World News on Sky News. She was formerly the news anchor of UTV Ireland’s weekday news and current affairs programmes Ireland Live news and Ireland Live News at 10.

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Alison Conroy

Digital Journalist with Sky Sports News in Scotland

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Alpa Patel

Alpa is a BBC presenter and reporter. Alpa has presented for BBC World News and BBC London News since 2015. She has fronted BBC London’s Politics programme and has carried out interviews with a range of politicians and celebrities from Boris Johnson, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, London Mayor Sadiq Khan to Joe Wicks, Roger Federer and Ella Eyre. As a presenter and reporter she has covered major events including 2016 Referendum result, 2016 US Election, the London Bridge and Westminster Bridge attacks and the ongoing COVID pandemic.

Prior to joining the BBC, Alpa spent six years as a Presenter and Reporter for ITV Wales, ITV Anglia News and ITV News.

Her particular interest is in reporting on health stories. She has reported extensively on issues around the provision of IVF, baby loss, disparities in healthcare for women of colour, the increasing number of children suffering from food allergies and anaphylaxis and the impact of dementia on people and society.

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Amar Mehta

Amar is a sports journalist at Sky Sports News, covering cricket, tennis, rugby, F1, darts, NBA, NFL and boxing. He is in the digital team, working on live events, news and features. He was previously a reporter at Sky News, covering national and international news.

Amar has a background in local news and legal journalism, as well as experience in business and music journalism. Amar studied International Relations at the University of Nottingham before completing his NCTJ Diploma at the Press Association.

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Amelia Gentleman

Amelia Sophie Gentleman is a British journalist. She is a reporter for The Guardian, and won the Paul Foot Award in 2018 for reporting the Windrush scandal.

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Amelia Tait

Amelia is a freelance features writer for publications such as The Guardian, Wired, Vice, New Statesman, and The New York Times.

In 2020 Amelia was named one of Forbes’ 30 Under 30 in Europe. In 2021, won the Technology Writer award at the Freelance Writing Awards. And, in 2023, won Best Feature at the Freelance Journalism Awards.

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Andrew Browne

Andrew is the Editor of the Central Scotland edition of STV News at Six and is based at STV’s Glasgow headquarters.  He has worked in television news for almost 20 years and been with STV since 2019.

Andrew began his career as a Production Journalist at BBC Scotland, where he went on to work as a location & gallery producer. He was the Editor of BBC Reporting Scotland from 2014-2017.  Andrew studied Film & Media Studies at Stirling University, before completing a Postgraduate in Broadcast Journalism at Cardiff University.

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Andrew Dagnell

Andrew is an Editor for ITV News and is head of newsgathering.

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Andrew Moon

Andrew is a sports broadcaster for BBC South.

After studying Mathematics and Computer Science at University he decided that he wanted to be a sports journalist after commentating on the varsity football match for University Radio Nottingham in 2007.

After graduating Andrew worked as a computer programmer while helping out in the studios for BBC Radio Solent’s Saturday sports show. Over the years he has worked his way up picking up more and more freelance shifts eventually getting a 3 day a week contract in 2013 and finally being made full-time in 2017.

Andrew has been in the station’s Portsmouth commentator since 2012 and also presents the sport one day a week on BBC South Today TV.

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Andy Stevenson

With nearly 20 years’ experience working in TV and Radio, always with a focus on sports broadcasting, Andy is a  Presenter/Reporter/Commentator for BBC TV & Radio, Channel 4, Eurosport and the R&A/European Tour Productions.

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Anna Foster

Anna is a Middle East correspondent for the BBC, based in Beirut and reporting from across the region. Before that she spent a decade presenting BBC 5 live Drive, guiding audiences through some of the biggest news and sport stories of recent times. She regularly broadcasts across the BBC, from her former home at Radio 1 Newsbeat to the BBC News Channel, BBC World TV and the BBC World Service. 

Anna is also an award-winning documentary-maker. She won Gold New York Radio Awards for her features ‘15 Minutes from Mosul’ and ‘From The Ground Up’ – for the World Service – which focussed on the under-reported conflict in the Central African Republic. Her 5 live team also won the Association of British Science Writers award in 2019 for a special programme on the groundbreaking ‘Women of NASA’. 

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Anna Holligan

Anna is a BBC News correspondent based in the Netherlands.

Creator of Dutch News: from the Cycle Path, and co-founder of the Bike Bureau.

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Anna Tatton-Brown

Anna has been a Senior Editor for BBC News for nearly 20 years.

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Arif Ansari

Arif is a senior adviser within BBC Editorial Policy. He is a former Head of News at Asian Network.

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Ashitha Nagesh

Ashitha is an award-winning Community Affairs correspondent for BBC News.

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Aoife Hegarty

Aoife is an award-winning Investigate Reporter at RTÉ.

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Ava Santina

Ava is political correspondent at PoliticsJOE, a digital-first news publisher aimed at 18-35s. Based in Westminster, she covers UK politics and trade unions. 

Ava joined PoliticsJOE in October 2021 from Global where she was the lead producer on the James O’Brien programme on LBC Radio for more than two years after previously working in other production roles at LBC. Prior to this she was a broadcast journalist with the BBC. 

Ava is a regular contributor on the BBC, Sky News, ITV’s Good Morning Britain and TalkTV.

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Ayshah Tull

Ayshah Tull

Ayshah Tull is an award-winning Presenter and Broadcaster currently working at ITV News.  

Presenting and reporting on the biggest stories of our time.  

Her BAFTA nominated news programme that she presented, alongside black colleagues who fronted and worked behind the scenes was described as groundbreaking.  

She’s been a journalist for over 10 years, and started her on screen career presenting BBC Newsround. 

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Azana Francis

Azana is a Broadcast Journalist and Producer, who focuses on stories and content for young and diverse audiences. She started her career in political journalism as a BBC Millbank trainee where she created content for different platforms- including digital and regional radio.

Azana worked for BBC Newsnight as a producer where she pitched and produced interviews with big names like Emily Ratajkowski, Krept and Konan, Gina Martin and a host of other international and political guests.

Azana is currently at Sky News working as a producer on the Beth Rigby Interviews programme.

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Barbara Serra

Barbara Serra is a presenter and correspondent for Al Jazeera English. She anchors the main evening news programmes from Al Jazeera’s London broadcast centre and has reported extensively from across Europe and the Middle East, including Israel, Gaza and the Vatican. She also presented, authored and produced the award-winning documentary ‘Fascism in the Family’.

Barbara started her career at the BBC and, prior to joining Al Jazeera  for the channel’s launch in 2006, she was a reporter on Sky News. Between 2005 and 2006 she presented ‘Five News’ on Channel Five, becoming the first non-native English speaker to anchor a prime-time news programme in the UK.

Barbara is a regular columnist and TV contributor in her native Italy.  In 2013 her first book, ‘Those Lazy Europeans’ (Gli Italiani Non Sono Pigri) was published, a look at the cultural differences between Southern and Northern Europe, which was aimed at the thousands of young Italians migrating to the UK at the height of the Eurozone crisis.

In January 2019 she was awarded the honour of Knight of the Italian Republic of the order of the Stella d’Italia by the President of the Italian Republic for her journalistic work focusing on the difficulties faced by migrants and ethnic minorities.

As an EU citizen in the UK, Barbara is passionate about the rights and representation of EU communities in Britain after Brexit.

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Belinda Mahon

Belinda is Senior Duty Editor for BBC Sport TV News.

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Beth Colson

Beth is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, working in news for 25 years. Currently freelance after taking a career break from spending many years at the AP as Head of Production, one of the things she likes best is to collaborate to improve skills. 

Recent projects include work for the Broadcast Journalism Training Council, helping to ensure students start their journalism careers able to successfully tell good stories. 

Starting off in domestic broadcast, working on the Big Breakfast News, the News Channel and Channel 4 News at ITN, Beth then moved to the BBC where international news became her focus. 

Always up for a new challenge, Beth moved to Associated Press. During her time as Head of News Production, she found her sweet spot in news – where technology and storytelling come together. While working closely with technical colleagues, she led a 20-strong production team through several iterations of digital transformation. 

During her time at AP, she was also part of a Pulitzer Prize-winning team whose work won an award for Public Service journalism for a story that resulted in around 2,000 fishing slaves being freed from captivity in Southeast Asia. 

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Bethany Dawson

Bethany Dawson is London Playbook Diary Reporter at POLITICO. She previously worked at Insider, and has also freelanced for publications including The Independent, the BBC, The Times, VICE, Refinery29, Private Eye, The Big Issue and more. She holds a BSc in politics and sociology.

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Caio Quero

Caio Quero is head/editor of BBC News Brazil. Recently, he served as executive editor/bureau chief.

Quero joined BBC News in September 2008 as a reporter/producer, Brazilian Service. He then served as an assistant editor and left in March 2012 to freelance for BBC Brazil and for the O Estado de São Paulo, a newspaper in Brazil.

In December 2012, he rejoined BBC News as a correspondent and then departed again to pursue his master’s degree. He went back to BBC News in September 2014 as a journalist and has also served as an acting assistant editor.

Quero has an M.A. from King’s College London, University of London.

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Cait Fitzsimons

Cait started her career at 5 News not long after its launch in 1997.

Since then she’s spent a lot of time in one of her favourites places – a dark and windowless gallery, as programme editor and producer at Sky News and ITV News.

She’s worked on special programmes for Royal weddings and general elections – as well as a bit of time on the road for Sky’s coverage of the Asian tsunami and the death of Pope John Paul II.

She became Deputy Editor at 5 News in 2014 then Editor in 2018. In that time, it’s been a whirl of referendums, elections, extreme weather, austerity, protests and of course the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Carl Anka

Carl is a journalist who covers Manchester United for The Athletic.

He co-wrote the books “You Are A Champion” and “You Can Do It” with Marcus Rashford.

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Carl Dinnen

Carl Dinnen is a Political Correspondent for ITV News.

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Carl Hartley

Carl is a broadcaster and journalist with more than 22 years of experience, working for some of the UK’s biggest radio stations.

He has a wealth of experience reading live news bulletins for both local and national broadcasters, presenting live programmes or reporting from breaking news stories working for industry leaders including the BBC, Bauer and News UK.

Carl is regularly booked as a senior journalist for national broadcaster BBC 5 Live, reading the news to a UK audience.

He is also a lecturer in journalism at the University of Leeds, bringing industry experience to the classroom.

He teaches broadcast and digital journalism while also leading on digital education within the School of Media and Communication.

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Chris Ship

Chris is ITV News’ Royal Editor. Previously, he spent 10 years in Westminster as ITV’s Deputy Political Editor.

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Chris Warburton

Chris is a broadcaster and journalist with over 25 years in radio presenting and production.

He is the presenter of the Weekend Breakfast on BBC Radio 5 Live.

He is also the host of some of the BBC’s most successful True Crime podcasts, including ‘Beyond Reasonable Doubt’ and ‘End of Days’. Both series have been critically acclaimed and have won a series of awards, most notably in the British Podcast Awards. ‘Ecstasy: The Battle Of Rave’, is half real life and half drama. It tells the story of when Ecstasy and Acid House first swept Britain and was named by the Observer as one of the top 10 podcasts of the year.

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Ciaran Jenkins

Ciaran Jenkins

Ciaran Jenkins is Scotland correspondent for Channel 4 News. He can also be seen presenting the programme from London, Leeds and a rooftop spot in Glasgow. Ciaran is a passionate advocate of bringing journalism closer to under-represented communities and has built his career in Wales, the North of England and now Scotland, winning several major awards along the way.

He has had a varied career, with a reputation for unearthing exclusive stories as well as delivering engaging interviews and reporting on major events around the world.

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Connor Gillies

Connor is Sky News’ Scotland correspondent covering politics, health, crime, courts, education and social affairs.

He covers breaking news and stories of significance to Scottish communities.

Prior to joining Sky, he was a correspondent at BBC News and presented flagship television and radio news programmes in Scotland. Connor won a Royal Television Society award for his BBC investigations.

Connor covered international assignments in his previous role at LBC Radio, including a deadly school shooting in Florida, reporting on the migrant crisis live from the beaches of Greece, the drug problems in Paris and Donald Trump’s time in the White House.

He was previously named Reporter of the Year at the IRN Awards for his original journalism while working for Europe’s biggest commercial radio groups.

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Christina McSorley

Christina works for the BBC politics’ Westminster team.

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Dan Hewitt

Daniel is Investigations Editor for ITV News. His award-winning work includes investigations into social housing, end of life care and child poverty.

In 2022 he was named Royal Television Society Specialist Journalist of the Year. Daniel has presented the ITV News podcasts ‘Will Trump Win?’, ‘What You Need to Know’ and ‘Calling Peston.’

He previously worked as a Political Correspondent based in Westminster. In 2018 his reporting on poverty in the North West of England was nominated for The Orwell Prize.

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Daniel Fisher

Daniel is the BBC’s foreign deployment editor, running some of the BBC’s most senior foreign correspondents and field producers. He has been instrumental in leading the change and drive towards a data driven focus to its commissioning and digital first priorities within Foreign news.

Daniel is an experienced editor and regularly runs cross platform, multi team news operations abroad of both breaking news such as the Ukraine war, the Turkey Earthquake, the Paris Attacks in 2015, as well as  large set pieces such Davos and the  World Cup. He has been in the BBC for over 20 years working as a radio and Tv journalist initially in Scotland and then abroad in the Middle east, Africa and several years in Russia.

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Danny Rigg

Danny is a freelance multi-media, multinational and multilingual journalist based in Liverpool, England with words published in The Times, The Sunday Times, TheJournal.ie and GCN. Danny’s photos and videos have been featured in reports by the BBC, Mirror Online, DutchNews.nl, NLTimes, WNL and Sputnik.

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David Harper

David is an experienced Presenter/Anchor/Host, Producer, Reporter and Newsreader working across a wide range of genres and outlets.

He has anchored coverage of many major stories and events for national and international audiences.

Specialisms include Business, Technology and Arts & Media.

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Debbie Ramsay

Debbie is currently Editor for Channel 5 News, ITN.

Previous roles include Commissioning Editor at Channel 4, Executive Editor BBC News Commissioning, Editor BBC Radio 1 & 1Xtra Newsbeat.

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Declan Whooley

Declan is a journalist at RTÉ Sport.

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Dom Smith

Dom Smith is a Football Reporter for The Evening Standard, covering London football and the England men’s and women’s national teams, as well as tennis at Wimbledon.

In 2023, the same year he joined The Standard, Dom was named Hugh McIlvanney Student Football Writer of the Year by the Football Writers’ Association.

Before joining The Standard, Dom founded the website EnglandFootball.org and was a freelance football writer, in which he wrote for the likes of The Guardian, The New Statesman, and The Times.

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Eileen Murphy

Eileen is an award-winning news leader experienced in directing multi-platform content for global news networks. Leading the editorial direction of the BBC News operation Eileen co-ordinates and drives content and teams to deliver distinctive key stories to audiences.

A former correspondent, press agency reporter and newspaper journalist, her experience covers digital innovation, editorial leadership and strategy, cultural and organisational change.

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Eleanor Roper

Eleanor is a sports journalist & broadcaster for Sky Sports.

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Eleanor Rose

Eleanor is an investigative journalist. Current role is Enablers Editor for the Bureau of Investigative Journalism.

Previous roles include Editor for Liberty Investigates.

Eleanor has been a finalist for Orwell Prize, and Paul Foot.

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Ellen Ellard

Ellen is a freelance football reporter for BBC Radio 5 Live Sport and Final Score, commentator for the WSL world feed and presenter for Manchester City Football Club. She started out at BBC Radio Cambridgeshire aged 18 working across their sport coverage and presenting the stations BBC Music Introducing show which gave her opportunities to present and create content for both Radio 1 and 6 Music.

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Emma Sanders

Emma is a broadcast journalist for the BBC Sport website. She covers Premier League, international, top-flight men’s European and WSL.

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Faisal Islam

Faisal is the BBC’s economics editor. He was political editor of Sky News for five years and economics editor at Channel 4 News and The Observer.
He has covered every leg of the financial, Eurozone and rolling UK political crises. Faisal is the winner of multiple awards including three Royal Television Society awards and authored The Default Line, on the financial crisis.

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Fergus Bell

Fergus is an experienced journalist, editor and leading expert in digital newsgathering, verification, newsroom innovation and collaborative journalism projects. Fergus’ experience spans both the business and editorial sides of the news industry. He has previously worked for CNN, ITN and spent eight years as a journalist and producer at the Associated Press, where he became their first International Social Media and UGC Editor.

In 2019 Fergus co-founded Fathm, an independent news lab and consultancy working with broadcasters, publishers and media start-ups. He is also the co-founder of Pop-Up Newsroom, a framework for collaborative journalism projects that has seen success in the US, UK, India, Sweden and with the multi-award winning ‘Verificado’ – an initiative designed to monitor for misinformation during the Mexican elections.

Fergus is a faculty member of the European Broadcast Union’s Academy and a graduate of the University of Leeds. in 2020 he joined the Online News Association’s Board of Directors.

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Finbarr Toesland

Finnbar is a London-based freelance journalist who has been published by NBC News, BBC, Huffington Post, ipaper, The European, The Telegraph, Reuters, openDemocracy, and many others.

He has reported on war crime allegations in Ukraine for The i paper and openDemocracy; travelled to Berlin’s first LGBTQ refugee centre for NBC News; investigated the forced anal examinations that are terrorising gay men in Africa and the Middle East; spent the night with the ‘Soho Angels’ keeping London’s nightlife scene safe; explored Prague’s Paralelní Polis, the creation of the infamous Ztohoven artist-activist group; profiled former BP CEO, Lord John Browne, and covered the rise of sustainable fashion at Milan Men’s Fashion Week.

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Flora Hunter

Flora Hunter is Deputy Foreign News Editor at ITV News, responsible for planning the network’s international coverage. 

She has produced stories around the world including in Pakistan, North Korea, the US and her native Dublin.  

Flora has been at ITV News for 16 years, having previously worked at APTN.  

She began her career as an NCTJ apprentice on a local newspaper and went on to report for the Evening Standard, Costa Rica Today and the Sunday Telegraph before switching to broadcast journalism.  

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Florence Craig

Florence is currently Head of Social (Features) at BBC Studios, overseeing social strategy and social content production for the BBC’s editorial feature brands, including BBC Travel, BBC Culture, BBC Business and BBC Future. She also manages the BBC News YouTube channel.

Florence has made digital content and short documentaries for BBC Studios, Channel 4 News, BBC News, ITV, The Barbican, BBC Wales, and more.

In 2020, she led the social media launch of BBC Studios‘ digital documentary brand BBC Reel – amassing more than 120M video views to date and winning a YouTube Creator Award.

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Frankie Mcamley

Frankie is a BBC News Correspondent & Presenter.

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Gabriel Pogrund

Gabriel Pogrund is Whitehall editor at The Sunday Times. He was named Journalist of the Year at the 2023 British Journalism Awards for his reporting on the government, the BBC and MI5 and MI6.

In 2022 he was shortlisted for the Paul Foot Award and won Scoop of the Year at the London Press Club awards after revealing a “cash-for-honours” scandal involving King Charles’s closest aides.

He won the Anti-Corruption prize at the British Journalism Awards for his reporting on the Greensill scandal in 2021. His book with Patrick Maguire, Left Out, chronicled the Corbyn era and was a Times, Telegraph and Guardian book of the year. He was the Washington Post’s 2018 Stern Fellow and won Young Journalist of the Year in 2017.

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Gamal Fahnbulleh

Gamal is presenter and reporter for national networks including Sky News and ITV.

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Gary Taphouse

Gary is a football commentator at Sky Sports.

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Geeta Guru-Murthy

Geeta is a presenter for BBC News.

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Gordon Chree

Gordon Chree is Senior Reporter with STV News and covers the big news stories across Scotland and beyond. He is also a regular co-presenter of the flagship news programme STV News at Six.

In a career spanning more than twenty years Gordon has reported from home and abroad on the full spectrum of news, including crime, politics and sport.

He is passionate about helping to develop the next generation of journalists and has been involved with several training and mentoring programmes including internally at STV and with Edinburgh Napier University.

 

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Gwyn Loader

Gwyn is Chief Correspondent for Newyddion S4C.

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Hamish Auskerry

Hamish is an on screen journalist with ITV News in Wales.

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Hardeep Matharu

Hardeep Matharu is a London-based journalist and writer. She is the Editor of Byline Times – the independent investigative news site and monthly print newspaper covering ‘what the papers don’t say’.

Her work focuses on the forces that shape us: identity, politics, and media.

Hardeep started her career as an award-winning local reporter and has more than a decade’s worth of experience working across regional, national and independent media. She trained as a journalist after reading Law at Cambridge University.

She also has extensive experience across policy, politics, justice and communications work. Hardeep is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

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Harry Reekie

Harry is Deputy Editor, ESPN FC & UK.

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Helena Wilkinson

Helena Wilkinson is a BBC News Correspondent with more 20 years’ experience as a journalist.

She reports for tv, radio and digital platforms across the BBC, both for domestic and world audiences.

Helena is an experienced court reporter and has covered multiple complex high-profile cases.

She also has experience in covering big royal stories, including the death of the Queen and the coronation of King Charles.

Before working at the BBC, Helena worked as a reporter at LBC radio and ITN.

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Henry Tribe

Editor for Times Radio Jane & Fi, Drive and Executive Producer of Off Air podcast.

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Hewete Haileselassie

Hewete was born and raised in London but has lived and worked in France, the US and Kenya. She  started her career interning at the U.N and Worldbank.

Hewete was at the BBC in 2008 as a journalism trainee and has spent most of her career in the World Service. She’s produced for BBC Africa both from London and as a field producer across Africa. Hewete left the BBC in March 2023.

From 2016-2018 she was Future Talent Senior Producer for WS Languages running entry-level trainee schemes for bilingual journalists. In this post she developed career workshops for existing staff that she went on to deliver to hundreds of staff within World Service languages and across Africa. She recently spent two years based in Nairobi as Training and Talent Manager for the region and has sat on the steering committee for BBC Global Women in News since 2014. She currently is Senior Journalist Team Manager on the 50:50 Equality Project. 

Hewete is passionate about Diversity & Inclusion. She has recently been appointed a trustee for the Hamlin Fistula Foundation – a charity that aims to eradicate obstetric fistula in Ethiopia. She recognises the importance of both getting diverse voices on air, and ensuring the teams behind the news reflect the diversity of our audiences. Working across Africa with the BBC and in 2014 reporting from a refugee camp on the South Sudanese border, Hewete saw first-hand the importance of a diverse reporting team when women were eager to tell her their stories. It is an experience that will always stay with her.  

Hewete believes ‘we are all responsible for what our industry looks like.’ 

  

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Holly Jones

Holly has been a radio enthusiast since the age of 4 and a full time Broadcast Journalist for the past 15 years. During this time, Holly worked at a variety of local radio stations, before moving to Global in London in 2013.

Holly is now Deputy Managing Editor, LBC News and Global’s newsroom overseeing brands including LBC News, LBC, Heart, Classic FM, Smooth and Capital. She has worked on major stories like Brexit, the US elections and the Coronavirus pandemic, as well as reporting on Prince Philip’s funeral, the birth of Prince George and several London Marathons.

Having been on the first cohort of John Schofield Trust mentees in 2012, Holly is honoured to be taking on the role of mentor. She looks forward to continuing her work with this incredible organisation.

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Hywel Griffith

Hywel is a Welsh television news correspondent with the BBC Wales.

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Ian Sherwood

Ian is a Senior Assignment Manager covering Foreign News for U.S Broadcaster NBC News and On Assignment with Richard Engel a special series for MSNBC. Ian has worked for BBC News, ITV News and Sky News in various roles.

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Jackie Long

Jackie is social affairs editor and presenter for Channel 4 News.

Jackie Long is Channel 4 News Social affairs editor and presenter. She joined the programme in 2011, following more than two decades at the BBC. Most recently she was Correspondent at Newsnight, and she previously worked on The World at One, PM and Five Live.

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James Fair

James is a highly experienced environmental journalist specialising in the field of wildlife conservation.

Previously a writer and editor on BBC Wildlife Magazine, he has been freelance since 2018 and now writes for a wide range of publications, including BBC Wildlife, BBC Countryfile and BBC Science Focus Magazines, specialist environmental websites ENDS Report and mongabay.com and Inkcap Journal.

Recent assignments include travelling to Antarctica to report on the work of scientists studying humpback whales and to Tiree, in the Inner Hebrides, to record the unusual song of the rare corncrake.

He also writes about issues relating to rewilding, natural capital and ecosystem services and the legal and illegal wildlife trades. He regularly records podcasts for BBC Countryfile.

James is the editor of Wildlife World, the membership magazine of the conservation charity the People’s Trust for Endangered Species, and has worked as a copywriter for the tour operator Wildlife Worldwide and researched and written a report on blue carbon for the Marine Conservation Society.

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James Jordan

James is the News Director for Europe and Africa for The Associated Press where he overseas more than 30 bureaux and nearly 300 journalists in all formats. He has overseen the agency’s award-winning coverage from Ukraine and interviewed Zelenskyy twice.

 

Before AP, James worked at ITV News and Sky News in newsgathering roles. He has run teams in Iraq, Tunisia and in Paris following the terror attacks.

 

He began his career as a print reporter on the Newcastle Evening Chronicle.

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James Mahon

James is a TV reporter and university lecturer from Ireland based in Scotland. He has reported for regional and national outlets across the world from the US to India and is currently a reporter for ITN Business and ITV Border. He has completed one of the first doctoral studies in mobile journalism and has led on media curriculum development while as a university lecturer and course leader.

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Jamie Coomarasamy

James is a British presenter of the BBC Radio 4 evening programme The World Tonight and the flagship Newshour programme on the BBC World Service.

 

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Jamie Nimmo

James is a global business editor at Bloomberg. Ex-Sunday Times, Mail on Sunday, Evening Standard, Indy.

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Joe Pike

Joe is insight and investigations editor at BBC Newsnight and author of ‘Project Fear’ – Book of The Year, The Guardian & The Independent.

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Jon Williams

As Foreign Editor, first of the BBC, then in New York at the US network ABC, Jon spent a decade leading the broadcasters’ reporting of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, winning two Emmy Awards for coverage of the Syrian Civil War and the resulting refugee crisis. From 2001-2003, he was the deputy editor of BBC’s One’s Six O’clock News before becoming the UK News Editor, leading the BBC’s response to the 7/7 London transport bombings in 2005. 

Between 2017 and 2022, Jon was the Managing Director, News & Current Affairs of Ireland’s public broadcaster, RTÉ. He led the creative renewal of RTÉ News and its transformation into a digital-first news organisation, making it the market leader on radio, on Tv and online – and Ireland’s most trusted news source. 

Jon returned to London in September, where he is currently writing a book due for publication in the autumn. He serves on the board of the New York  based Committee to Protect Journalists. 

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Jonathan Paterson

Managing Editor for The News Movement. Also a trustee, for Podium Me and visiting lecturer for City Journalism.

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Jonelle Awomoyi

Jonelle is a presenter and producer for BBC News, creating news reports across social media including TikTok, Instagram, YouTube and more.

Co-founded the weekly BBC News’ Reliable Sauce podcast, Jonelle presents breaking and developing stories that are most relevant to youth audiences.

Jonelle dissects and analyses emerging social media trends, unraveling the hashtags and threads that shape and influence societal behaviour.

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Josh Baker

Josh is an award-winning documentary filmmaker, investigative journalist, podcast creator and writer;  recently named Freelance Journalist of The Year. He has delivered several high-profile stories that have garnered international recognition.

He ran the landmark Multiplatform Release for the BBC of The Shamima Begum Story and is developing work within the drama space where he is managed by Anonymous Content. He also created the BBC most awarded audio series to date; I’M NOT A MONSTER.

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Josh Parry

Josh is LGBT & Identity Producer and reporter for BBC News, having previously worked as senior planning producer at BBC Breakfast. Prior to moving into broadcast, he was a senior reporter for the Liverpool ECHO where he won Young Journalist of the Year at the Regional Press Awards. 

During his career he’s covered a variety of different beats – from showbiz and celeb news to politics and social affairs – but it was back in 2017 when he went undercover to shine a light on so-called ‘conversion therapy’ that he discovered his passion for LGBT news. 

Most recently, he produced a documentary ‘Fleeing Afghanistan: Free to Be me” with exclusive access to a group of Afghans who fled their country to escape The Taliban. 

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Kamal Ahmed

Before launching The News Movement, Kamal was Editorial Director, BBC News, between 2018 and 2021. He joined the BBC in 2014 as business editor and was promoted to the role of economics editor in December 2015, replacing Robert Peston.

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Kathryn Sampson

Kathryn Samson is Channel 4 News’ Scotland Correspondent.

As an award-winning Scottish journalist, Kathryn has over 15 years of experience in television news, bringing a distinctive flair to some of the UK’s major stories of the past decade, from Brexit to the pandemic.

Based in Channel 4 News’ Glasgow bureau, she brings the latest in news, politics and social affairs from right across the country.

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Kathryn Stanczyszyn

Kathryn is an award-winning journalist, reporter and radio presenter based in the West Midlands who frequently works for national radio and news

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Katie Tarrant

Katie Tarrant is a news reporter at The Sunday Times. She has investigated sexual abuse scandals and exposed secret policies by the Home Office against migrants, leading the High Court to deem its actions unlawful.

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Keir Simmons

Keir is Chief International Correspondent for NBC News.

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Khadija Kothia

Khadija is a producer for ITV News.

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Lara Lewington

Lara Lewington

Lara is passionate about tech, and how it can better our lives. She presents the BBC’s flagship technology show, Click, as well as appearing on a host of other programmes, talking about the role of innovation and AI in our lives now, and in the future.

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Laura Goehler

Laura is a Senior Field Producer for the Al Jazeera Media Network. She is responsible for pitching, planning and executing feature and (breaking) news stories in the field across Europe and beyond.

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Lewis Goodall

Lewis is a British journalist, broadcaster and author. He originally worked as a journalist for Granada Studios before becoming a political correspondent for Sky News. He later became policy editor of the BBC’s flagship current affairs programme Newsnight.

In 2022, he left the BBC to launch the The News Agents podcast.

His first book “Left for Dead?: The Strange Death and Rebirth of the Labour Party” was published in September 2018.

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Liam Kelly

Liam is a feature writer for The Telegraph.

Previously he was arts and entertainment correspondent at The Sunday Times, covering everything from books, television and film to theatre, museums and auction houses.

He was previously a business correspondent and writer of the Prufrock diary column. Liam has been nominated for a number of awards.

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Lisa Summers

Lisa Summers is the Health & Social Care Correspondent for BBC Scotland.

Lisa has worked at the BBC for over twenty years and has had a varied career across TV, radio and digital output.

She’s made a number of investigative current affairs programmes and has worked in sport, topical & feature programming as well as news.

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Lisa McNally

Lisa started her journalism career in Ireland, at TV3 News (now Virgin Media). She had a number of roles within their news and current affairs division over a six year stint, before leaving TV3 to take up role as an International Editor for NBC News in London. She worked with the team there on their flagship shows, including Nightly News and The Today Show.  

 Lisa left NBC to take up the role of Ireland Producer at Sky News. She has remained with Sky since 2018, working between the two bureaus in Dublin and Belfast. 

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Lora Jones

Lora is a Senior Journalist at BBC News.

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Lucy West

Lucy has been the Head of News at ITV Granada Reports since its move to Media City UK in 2013.   She heads up a team of 60 people working as journalists, camera crew and production staff.  Her team deliver a multi-platform news service for the North West including the 6pm flagship programme, Granada Reports.  

Lucy has experience of leading teams through major breaking domestic news stories in the North of England including the Cumbria Shootings, Britain’s biggest manhunt for Raoul Moat, Hillsborough and the Manchester Arena bombing.   She has won several major awards including two Baftas for news coverage.     

In her role Lucy also looks after the ITV News traineeship, the ITV News Academy and leads on core training for news teams. 

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Luke Smith

Luke is a senior writer on Formula 1 for The Athletic.

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Madison Marriage

Madison is the FT’s special investigations editor. She leads a team of reporters investigating misconduct and abuse of power across business, politics, housing, education and beyond.

Since joining the FT 12 years ago she has held a number of correspondent positions covering asset management, tax and accounting. She joined the investigations desk in 2019 after delivering two award-winning investigations into sexual harassment at the elite Presidents Club charity dinner and the defenestration of advertising mogul Sir Martin Sorrell.

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Marc Deanie

Marc is The Courier’s Head of News and Sport.

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Marianna Spring

Marianna is a British broadcast journalist. She is the BBC’s first disinformation specialist and social media correspondent.

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Mark Chapman

Mark is one of the country’s leading sports presenters.

After graduating from Hull University, he began his career as a continuity announcer on BBC Television, primarily working on BBC TWO, before becoming the cricket correspondent for BBC North East radio.

He presented on Radio 1 working on the Sara Cox show and later with Scott Mills as a sports reporter.

He joined Radio 5Live to host 5Live Sport in 2010 and has since become the show’s main presenter across the week hosting a range of sports. Subsequently Mark has become the main presenter on Final Score, Match of the Day 2 as well as presenting the network’s Rugby League coverage, The NFL Show and major events including the 2014 World Cup, Glasgow Commonwealth Games, Euro 2016 and the Rio Olympics. Away from live sport he has written and presented a range of documentaries and has written for a range of publications including The Telegraph, The Guardian, The Independent, Four Four Two and Shoot Magazine.

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Mark Daly

Mark Daly is an award winning investigative journalist for the BBC. He has reported around 30 documentaries on subjects ranging from racism in the police, the Stephen Lawrence case, historic abuse in the Catholic Church and in football, sport doping and corruption, miscarriages of justice, the Paradise Papers and many more.

Mark has been the recipient of many journalism prizes including from BAFTA, the Royal Television Society, and the Foreign Press Association. He lives in Glasgow, is the Investigations Correspondent for BBC Scotland and regularly reports for Panorama.

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Mark Tighe

Mark Tighe joined the Sunday Independent in June 2022. As well as covering legal affairs, he specialises in investigative reporting. He was named News Reporter of the Year at the NewsBrands Ireland Journalism Awards in 2018 and 2019.

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Mark Wray

Mark is former Head of Training at the BBC and ex MD of Press Association Training. Mark has worked as a newspaper, TV and radio journalist and was a programme editor at BBC Radio 5 Live. He’s coached several hundred BBC reporters, correspondents and presenters including many household names. Mark is now semi-retired doing some journalism mentoring and development and awards judging. He’s an external examiner for Bournemouth University’s Broadcast Journalism course.

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Martin Geissler

Martin is a TV & Radio presenter on BBC Scotland. Previous roles include Scotland, Africa & Europe Correspondent for ITN.

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Martin Patience

Martin was a BBC foreign correspondent for more than 15 years with postings in Jerusalem, Kabul, Beijing, Lagos and Beirut.

Martin has covered wars and insurgencies in Afghanistan, Lebanon, Israel, Gaza and Nigeria but also produced award-winning investigations such as babies being sold online in China and wrote about Hooligan X – a British nightclub DJ who died mysteriously in Lebanon after a drug deal went wrong.

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Mary Harper

Mary Harper is a journalist and author. She is Africa Editor at BBC World Service. She has reported from the continent for the past twenty-five years, especially conflict zones.

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Maryam Ahmed

Maryam is a data scientist at journalist BBC News. She holds a PhD in Engineering from the University of Oxford, and enjoys using her coding skills to find news in messy datasets. Her recent investigations have uncovered algorithmic bias in the passport application process, housing discrimination against benefits claimants, and illegal offers of lip fillers to under-18s. In 2021 she won the Royal Statistical Society Award for Investigative Journalism.

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Matt Brindley

Matt is News Editor on ITV News Home and Foreign desks.

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Matteo Moschella

Matteo Moschella is a digital journalist with an interest in social media verification, data and video. He currently works with the social newsgathering team of NBC News in London.

Prior to joining NBC he worked for Reuters, Storyful, First Draft and The Economist. He graduated at City, University of London.

He is one of the organisers of Hacks/Hackers London, a community of journalists and technologists who meet to discuss and rethink the future of the media industry.

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Megan Lawton

Megan is a freelance presenter, reporter and journalist who’s presented programmes on the BBC World Service, BBC Radio 1 Newsbeat, Radio 4’s Front Row as well as the BBC News website. She also presents and host a BBC Sounds podcast Who You Don’t See, speaking to the people behind the stars.

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Meirion Jones

Meirion spent many years running investigations for the BBC at Newsnight and Panorama on everything from vulture funds to US election fraud.
He is now the editor of the Bureau of Investigative Journalism.
He won the Daniel Pearl award for his investigation into the dumping of Trafigura’s toxic waste in Africa, the London Press Awards Scoop of the Year for his part in the Jimmy Savile revelations and was nominated for a Royal Television Society award for his investigation into the “fake sheikh”, Mazher Mahmood. He joined the Bureau of Investigative Journalism in 2016.

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Merlyn Thomas

Merlyn is a broadcast journalist for the BBC, and currently focuses on disinformation around the world and with climate change.

She was a Fellow on the 2022 Early Career Programme.

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Michael Buchanan

Michael is a senior journalist at BBC News, working across the UK’s most popular TV bulletins, radio programmes and digital news site.

He specialises in covering topics such as homelessness, welfare programmes and public services that fail to deliver support to vulnerable people.

Prior to his current role he spent years covering foreign affairs for various BBC outlets. As well as spending 3 years reporting out of Washington DC, he travelled extensively across the globe from Colombia and Lebanon to Afghanistan and the DR Congo.

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Mike Kumar

Mike is Editor of News Output at Sky News. He’s been with Sky since 2005 and has edited every programme strand on the TV channel. Most recently, Mike was in charge of Kay Burley’s breakfast show, its weekend sister programme and launched The Early Rundown. At the moment he’s in charge of the Sarah-Jane Mee Show and The Newshour with Mark Austin.  

Mike has also been a Desk Editor for Sky News Radio, serving around 300 UK commercial radio stations; and an Assistant Editor on Sky’s Mobile platform.  

Mike began his career in BBC local radio and was also a programme editor at Radio 5 Live, News 24 and BBC Breakfast. 

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Mohamed Madi

Mohamed is a senior journalist and filmmaker at BBC News.

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Nada Bashir

Nada is an award-winning International Correspondent for CNN, based in London.

In 2024 she was listed on Forbes 30 under 30 list for media this year.

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Naomi DeSouza

Naomi is a senior reporter at The Birmingham Mail / BirminghamLive covering breaking news across Birmingham, Solihull and the wider West Midlands.

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Narza Ahmed

Narza is a freelance music and film journalist. She has been published in Digital Spy, NME, Clash Magazine, Hello, Cosmopolitan and more.

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Neelam Tailor

Neelam Tailor

Neelam Tailor is a video producer for The Guardian. She is a former columnist at gal-dem magazine and works regularly at BBC World Service and The Guardian.

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Nick Davies

Nick Davies spent 40 years as a journalist, mainly doing investigative work for The Guardian, before retiring in 2016.

Towards the end of his career, he was centrally involved in three landmark stories: uncovering the phone-hacking scandal in Rupert Murdoch’s newspaper empire; initiating the alliance of news organisations which published US war logs and cables obtained by Wikileaks; and working as part of the team which handled the British end of Edward Snowden’s leaks about the US National Security Agency. A consistent theme through almost all of his work was the exposure of those who abused power – corporations bullying governments, governments perverting policy, powerful individuals exploiting the vulnerable.

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Nick Martin

Nick won Royal Television Society Specialist Journalist of the Year 2021.

He has 25+ years in journalism working across news and documentaries on both home and foreign assignments for Sky News.

Winner of Story of the Year at Foreign Press Association Awards. Royal Television Society Award winner in 2004 and 2005.

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Nichola Kane

Nichola is an editor for STV News.

She is a media and communication professional with a Bachelor of Arts – BA focused in Cinematography and Film/Video Production from University of Stirling.

She is diversity leader for STV and set up award winning STV Expert Voices project to improve diversity in news programming. 1000 people have taken part so far.

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Niko Kommedina

Niko is a graphics reporter focusing on climate, environment and energy

He studied at Cardiff University for an MS in Computational Journalism; and at Vienna University of Technology, BS in Software Engineering.

Niko is a graphics reporter on The Washington Post’s climate and environment team. Before joining The Post in 2022, he worked as a visual journalist at the Financial Times and the Guardian.

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Nina Nannar

Nina has over 20 years experience working at ITN as arts editor, broadcaster, writer, public speaker and diversity spokesperson.

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Noel Phillips

Noel is North America Correspondent at ITV Good Morning Britain.

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Oli Dugmore

Oli Dugmore is JOE.co.uk’s Head of News & Politics.

He runs the PoliticsJOE team and has reported from the Middle East, America and Europe.

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Olive Pometsey

Award-winning journalist and Features Editor at The Face. Bylines in British GQ, ELLE, British Vogue, The Sunday Times Style, Man Repeller, gal-dem, Wonderland and Rollacoaster.

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Paraic O’Brien

Paraic is a foreign affairs correspondent with Channel 4 News. His focus has been almost exclusively on Ukraine since the full scale invasion in February 2022. As well as conflict, the other themes in his work include the movement of people and the experiences of refugees, and also extremism.  

Paraic’s investigations include the multi-award winning “Bruce Lee, King of Romania’s Sewers”,

Before joining Channel 4 News he worked at the BBC as an investigations reporter for BBC London News and Newsnight on occasion. Prior to that he was a community worker in Ireland and south London.

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Patrick Strudwick

Patrick is a multiple award winning journalist specialising in groundbreaking investigations as well as documentary film making.

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Paul Brand

Paul Brand is a Welsh journalist who is UK editor of ITV News. He has been presenter of current affairs programme Tonight since 2022.
n 2021/2022 he won a string of national and international awards, including London Press Club Broadcaster of the Year, for his explosive scoops revealing the partygate scandal. His exclusives included the infamous video of Downing Street staff laughing and joking about a Christmas Party and damaging revelations about Boris Johnson’s lockdown-breaking birthday party.

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Peter Smith

Peter Smith is currently Scotland correspondent for ITV News, covering everything from serious political stories in Holyrood to lighter ‘And Finally’ items such as the infamous McDonald’s milkshake shortages.

He has also delivered exclusive investigations into Scotland’s drug deaths, addiction in the prison system, and an expose on abuse in ballet which resulted in the closure of Scotland’s biggest ballet school.

Peter has been in TV journalism for just over a decade, previously at STV News, and has benefited enormously from being mentored in the John Schofield Trust. He was the recipient of the UK’s 2013 RTS ‘Young Talent of the Year’ award.

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Quentin Sommerville

 Quentin Sommerville has spent the last ten years as the BBC’s Middle East correspondent and is based in Beirut. Before that he was in Afghanistan and China.

He started his journalism career at the shipping newspaper Lloyds List. 

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Rachana Shanboque

Rachana is business affairs editor for The Economist, responsible for the paper’s business, finance and science coverage.

 

 

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Ravin Sampat

Ravin Sampat is Editor and Head of UK Insight at BBC News, a team of filmmakers, producers and journalists making high-impact, audience first, original journalism for a number of BBC outlets, as part of the BBC’s modernisation plans.

Ravin has risen through the ranks at the BBC – starting as a producer in 2015 and rising to Senior Editor in just 5 years. After stints with DMGT and leading a small news startup as head of newsgathering, Ravin joined the BBC in 2015 working on the UGC desk, verifying content, running live pages, sourcing big moments on breaking news stories and coming up with original off diary journalism. It was here he caught the eye of other senior editors, landing the role of the first Audience Engagement Producer in BBC News and was instrumental in the team behind BBC Trending which led the way in online investigations and producing in-depth stories on what was happening on social media. His work at BBC Trending was closely monitored and recognised, and in 2016 he was assigned as Senior Producer on the programme, and then as Senior Journalist in the newly formed Digital Current Affairs. He created the first ever Snapchat documentary following the refugee crisis, for BBC Panorama, and was regularly consulted on new digital initiatives within BBC News. Within a year he rose to Assistant Editor, launching BBC Stories, which produced long and shortform content for underserved audiences across the BBC’s portfolio, deputising as Editor of a team of 75 people. During his time he launched several projects and Exec Produced a number of high profile documentaries including Murdered for her selfies,  Hell in a bottle – I survived an acid attack, What Chinese takeaways taught us about racism in Britain, The abandoned mansions of Pakistan and many more. Ravin has travelled across the UK and the world for BBC News, providing consultancy, guidance and editorial leadership, especially when new teams were launched.

Ravin was identified as “BBC Emerging Leader” on first ever BBC News Leadership programme, and it was here where he met James Harding, the former Director of BBC News. Soon after Harding left the BBC and launched Tortoise Media, Ravin joined him as Head of Storytelling. Ravin was instrumental in their digital strategy and worked around the UK with audiences, hosting ThinkIns (open editorial meetings), on topics that really mattered to them.

In 2020, he returned to the BBC as Senior Editor in long-form audio, launching The Climate Question, the first global climate change podcast by the BBC World Service, as well as editing ‘How They Made Us Doubt Climate Change’ for Radio 4. He has edited Profile, MoneyBox, Correspondents Lookahead and several other high profile BBC programmes. As part of the new story team approach, Ravin was appointed as the Head of UK Insight, the first team to launch, in 2021. His team have gone on to produce several high profile investigations which have led several front pages and really made an impact of people’s lives, as well as making journalism that is reputationally important providing a true public service value.

Ravin was recognised as a Ones To Watch by the Edinburgh Film Festival, a prestigious recognition for up and coming talent in TV and journalism, in 2016. He continues to work with the Festival on working committees, and also mentors for several other schemes.

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Rebecca Henschke

Rebecca is podcast lead for BBC EYE/ BBC world service investigations. 
Previous roles include Asia Editor and Indonesia Correspondent.

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Rhys Williams

Rhys Williams is Wales Reporter for ITV News. Rhys covers a range of issues and stories from across the country for ITV News bulletins and digital platforms.

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Ria Chatterjee

Ria is a reporter for Channel 4 News

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Rich Preston

Rich is a presenter on the BBC World Service and anchor on BBC World News TV, reporting major international stories for the BBC’s global audiences and reacting to live and breaking news.  

Rich previously covered Western Europe, reporting some of the most significant events to shape the continent in generations, including the migrant crisis, the Scottish Independence Referendum, terror attacks in France and Belgium, and the UK’s Brexit vote. 

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Richard Lenton

Richard is an experienced broadcaster, magazine editor, journalist and university lecturer, who won Best Sports Presenter at the 2013 and 2015 Asian Television Awards for his work out in Singapore and India, where he anchored live Premier League, FA Cup, European and international football on Mediacorp, Eleven Sports Network, SingTel TV and Sony TEN.

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Rishi Davda

Rishi is the entertainment reporter for ITV News. Rishi covers a range of arts and entertainment stories across all bulletins and digital platforms.

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Rob Osborne

From mentee to mentor, Rob was part of the JST scheme a decade ago. Having focused on building a career in Wales, Rob is now the National Correspondent for ITV Cymru Wales and presenter of the weekly programme Sharp End. He has made several long-form programmes on subjects as diverse as male suicide, down syndrome and, more recently, one called ‘King & Cymru.’ 

Rob’s focus on original journalism and distinctive storytelling has helped him win multiple awards, including Welsh TV Journalist of the year on three occasions. 

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Robyn Dwyer

Robyn is a news presenter & correspondent. ITV News, Sky News, BBC News & more.

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Rohit Kachroo

Rohit is Global Security Editor for ITB News. He reports on the security stories that shape our world. In 2020, he won Specialist Journalist of the Year at the Royal Television Society Journalism Awards. Rohit was previously UK Editor and Africa Correspondent.

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Romilly Weeks

Romilly Weeks

Romilly has been based at Westminster for ITV news for the past six years, covering the biggest political stories in one of the most turbulent times in British politics.

She has become an accidental expert in Brexit, but there has been the light relief of key roles in three elections, 2 referendums and two Royal weddings.

Previously she was ITV’s Royal Correspondent, where she had the onerous task of Royal tours to Australia, the US and Africa. She was embedded with the British army during the second Gulf War, and has reported from as far afield as Russia, Afghanistan, Japan and China.

She has interviewed the last three Prime Ministers, but her most memorable encounter was being photo-bombed by Prince Philip. She is also a regular presenter of ITV’s national news bulletins.

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Ronke Phillips

Ronke Phillips

Ronke is a Senior Correspondent at ITV London News and has mentored for the Trust numerous times.

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Rosa Furneaux

Rosa is an investigative journalist specialising in global health at the Bureau of Investigative Journalism. Her reporting focuses on access to medicine, and she received the Amnesty International Gaby Rado Award for her coverage of Covid-19 vaccine inequity. She has reported from Europe, North America, South America, Africa, and the Middle East, and was previously based in San Francisco, California.

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Rosanna Lockwood

Rosanna is a British broadcast journalist and international News Anchor, with more than a decade of experience working as a Presenter and Correspondent for major networks across Europe, the Middle East and Asia. She has fronted prime-time news shows from London, Istanbul, Dubai, and Singapore.

Currently in the UK, Rosanna is an international freelance presenter.

Most recently, she hosted her own evening news show ‘Prime Time with Rosanna Lockwood’, 7-8pm on Talk TV. She has also been a guest host, standing-in for Piers Morgan on his flagship debate show ‘Piers Morgan Uncensored’, and presented the network’s nightly newspaper review show.

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Ross Gregory

Interim Head of Sport for Manchester Evening News and Chairman of Whickham FC.

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Ruth Evans

Ruth Evans is an investigative filmmaker and reporter at the BBC. She started her career on ‘File on 4’, exposing a kidney trafficking gang in Pakistan and the abuse of children at Aston Hall psychiatric hospital. She has made several documentaries for BBC Three, including the award-winning False Hope: Alternative Cancer Cures, and recently filmed and directed two investigations about Tim Westwood: Abuse of Power and Hip-Hop’s Open Secret. 

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Sabah Meddings

Sabah covers UK business for Bloomberg Business. Previous roles include Chief Business Correspondent at the Sunday Times.

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Sam Gelder

Sam Gelder is a news editor and reporter based in London who has worked in national and local news for eight years.

Most recently he was news editor for openDemocracy, and before that news
editor at HuffPost UK and chief reporter at the
Hackney Gazette and Islington Gazette.

He has worked as a
freelance reporter at The Guardian and PA.

He specialises in housing and gentrification, social justice and community journalism.

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Samir Jeraj

Samier is a reporter and author. He writes on on policy for The New Statesman and is Commissioning editor for Hyphen.

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Sanny Rudravajhala

Sanny is a journalist and presenter for Sky Sports News.

In March 2024 he was nominated in two categories at the Sports Journalism Association Awards.

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Sanya Burgess

Sanya is an investigative journalist specialising in digital spaces.

She currently works for The i Paper as an investigations correspondent and has previous spent 6 years at Sky News.

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Sarah Heasley

Sarah is a BBC Sport TV producer.
Her key roles at BBC include:
–  BBC Producer in range of roles at 3 summer Olympics (Beijing 2008, London 2012, Rio 2016)
– Director of The Brownlees: An Olympic Story – BBC 1 and BBC IPlayer documentary
– BBC Producer on site at Winter Olympics in Sochi 2014 and PyeongChang 2018.
– BBC Triathlon Producer, BBC Sport, 2012 – present
– Regular on-site contributing producer on BBC’s Ski Sunday 2012 – present
– BBC Sport News Editor at Wimbledon 2011 – present
– BBC Producer at World Cup 2010 in South Africa and Euro 2012 football championships
– BBC Producer at 2 Comonwealth Games (Delhi 2010, Glasgow 2014)
– BBC Producer at Roland Garros (French Open) 2010.
– Regular contributor to BBC Sports Personality of the Year (directed & produced Andy Murray profile in year of his 2nd win in 2015).

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Shamaam F Powell

Shamaan is a 28 year-old journalist, currently working as a general news correspondent for Sky News.

She is originally from Nottingham, but spent time living in Sheffield working as a local reporter before moving to London. 

Previously, she worked as an assistant producer for BBC Panorama, a reporter and producer for the BBC News channel and the Victoria Derbyshire programme, as well as writing for the front page of the BBC website. 

She has produced content for TV, radio, digital and online, showing a commitment to diversity and telling stories seldom heard.

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Shamim Chowdhury

Shamim is an award-winning foreign correspondent and writer with a demonstrated history of working in the international broadcast media industry.

She is currently Foreign Correspondent for The Associated Press covering major world events including the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II, the Ukraine War, and the 2023 Turkey/Syria earthquake.

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Shayma Bakht

Shayma is a news reporter at The Times. She has led undercover investigations from the Middle East and the UK, uncovering the kingdom-wide trafficking of maids from Riyadh, an underground baby trade in Afghanistan and the mass abduction of girls in Tanzania’s gold mining towns. She has secured interviews with Imran Khan and Saudi royalty, and her investigation into the UK’s Homes for Ukraine scheme resulted in the government receiving a stark public warning from the UNHCR.

She was named young journalist of the year at the 2023 Press Awards and MHP’s Gold Winner for international affairs as well as one of its 30ToWatch journalists.

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Shingi Mararike

Shingi is North of England correspondent for Sky News, formerly of The Sunday Times.

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Sian Elvin

Sian is an award-winning journalist. She is currently news editor at The Independent, formerly at Metro UK for four years.

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Simon Vigar

Simon Vigar

Simon is the Royal Correspondent for Channel 5 News, the highlight being an exclusive interview with Prince Harry. Simon has covered many tours since 2007, including Harry’s visit to Jamaica when the Prince won a ‘race’ with Usain Bolt and Prince George’s memorable first trip Down Under.

Simon also led coverage on the Paris and Brussels attacks for 5 News, the shock retirement of the Pope and several major trials including Stephen Lawrence, Baby P and Joanna Yeates. He began his career in commercial radio and has been the ‘news guy’ for several breakfast shows, including Capital, Heart & LBC.

2019 is his fifth year as a mentor and he says he and his mentees agree the most beneficial part is acting as an impartial, confidential sounding board. Quick phone chats at the end of a good or bad day are often better (and more realistic) than lots of meetings.

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Sinead O’Carroll

Sinead is editor at The Journal (Ireland).

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Sophia Smith Galer

Sophia Smith Galer FRSA is a British digital journalist, author, and TikTok influencer. In 2022, she was named as one of Forbes 30 Under 30 for Marketing and Media in Europe, and short-listed on British Vogue’s list of Top 25 Most Influential Women in the UK.

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Sophia McBride

Sophie is Security & Defence Producer for Sky News.

Previous roles include Foreign News Editor & Europe Producer, also at Sky News.

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Sophia Alexandra Hall

Sophia is the deputy digital editor at the Big Issue. Proudly care experienced, she is a mentor on the John Schofield Trust’s new programme, Journalism Cares.

Sophia is also a Churchill Fellow, and the findings from her recent research trip to the United States have been turned into a new trauma-informed journalism toolkit, advising on how to work with interviewees from previously underplatformed backgrounds. Sophia holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Oxford and a gold standard NCTJ from News Associates, which she completed thanks to a Journalism Diversity Fund bursary. She is a winner of the Excellence in Journalism Awards, the Diana Award, and the PPA Next Gen Awards.

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Stephen Bush

Stephen Bush is an associate editor and columnist at the Financial Times. He writes a daily newsletter, Inside Politics, charting the course of politics and policy in the United Kingdom, and a wide-ranging weekly column.

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Steve Scott

Steve is Sports Editor and regular news presenter at ITV News.

In 2021 he was named both broadcast journalist of the year and sports news reporter of the year at the annual Sports Journalists’ Association Awards.

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Steven MacKenzie

Steven has worked for The Big Issue for close to a decade, becoming Features Editor in 2016 and Deputy Editor in 2020. His articles focus on social issues and culture interviews.

For the magazine he has spoken to a wide variety of celebrated figures ranging from Oscar-winning actors and directors, Olympic gold medallists, government ministers, multiple Nobel laureates (including the Dalai Lama) and several famous Davids, including Attenborough, Lynch and Hasselhoff. Steven has also reported on international news stories across five continents; from deep inside the Arctic Circle to the Korean demilitarised zone.

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Sue Turton

Sue Turton has been in TV news and documentaries, both in front and behind the camera, for more than thirty years.

She was Series Editor for Channel 4’s Unreported World before returning to producing/directing with films in Afghanistan, India and South Korea over the past year.

Sue worked as a correspondent and news anchor for Channel 4 News for 12 years and then for Al Jazeera for six, covering conflicts across the Middle East and North Africa, and winning awards, including two from the RTS, for her reporting and film making.
After a year as Al Jazeera’s Afghanistan Correspondent she switched to roving war correspondent covering the Arab Uprising in Egypt, the Libyan revolution and the Syrian war with missions alongside Al Qaeda affiliate Jabhat al Nusra. She went on to cover the fight against ISIS in Syria and Iraq.

Sue devised and fronted the #FreeAJStaff global campaign after she and six other journalists were falsely convicted of terrorism in Egypt and three were imprisoned for a year.

She’s a published author and regular newspaper contributor.

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Susan Daly

Susan is Managing Editor at Journal Media.

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Tamsin Selbie

Tamsin is a journalist for BBC News on BBC Radio 2 and Radio 4.

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Terry Christian

Terry is an award winning radio and television presenter, journalist, author, stand up comedian, DJ, and actor.

He has presented several national television series in the UK including Channel 4’s The Word, and six series of ITV1 talk show It’s My Life. He has also been a regular guest panelist on The Wright Stuff and Jeremy Vine.

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Thomas Cock

Thomas is Deputy Managing Editor (South) for the Reach Live network.

Formerly journalist at Bristol Live and Somerset Live.

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Tom Calver

Tom Calver is Data Editor at The Times and The Sunday Times. He writes feature-length data journalism on a range of different topics, and co-runs a team of data journalists.

He was named on Forbes’ 30 Under 30 list in 2020 and has been highly commended by the Royal Statistical Society.

He started his career at Which? and BBC News. 

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Tom Kelly

Tom has run the Daily Mail Investigations Unit since 2018 having previously worked as a general reporter for the paper and a New York and Ireland correspondent for the Press Association.
He has won News Reporter of the Year and Scoop of the Year (Popular Life) at the British Press Awards, Business Story of the Year and Personal Finance Story of the Year at the Headlinemoney Awards, been Highly Commended at the British Journalism Awards and a finalist for the Paul Foot Award and Orwell Prize for Exposing Britain’s Social Evils.

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Verina Burt

Verina is the Head of News Features at Good Morning Britain.

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Vicky Gayle

Vicky is a reporter with the Bureau of Investigative Journalism’s Bureau Local team and one of our 2022 mentors. Her career began predominantly with black-led publications in Birmingham before landing a trainee position at the Daily Gazette in Colchester.

Teaching and mentoring has been an unofficial job role for Vicky since her first job in retail and one which came naturally. It also led her to being a learning support assistant at a secondary school, where she was encouraged to pursue teacher training. As someone who struggled to gain mentorship herself, being able to give that support is particularly special.

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Vicky Spratt

Vicky Spratt is a housing journalist and documentary maker.

She is i’s Housing Correspondent. She reports on the housing crisis, particularly renters’ rights, the cost of living, the plight of mortgage prisoners and the mortgage crisis. Her book Tenants: the People on the Frontline of Britain’s Housing Emergency, was published in 2022.

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Victoria Grimes

Victoria is an experienced news anchor / correspondent at ITV News.

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Zainab Bonadale

Zainab Boladale is a Nigerian-Irish television presenter, reporter, public speaker and content creator.

At the age of 20, Zainab became known as the first Afro-Irish news presenter on RTÉ. She co-presented news2day for 2 years.

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