I am a former journalist with almost 30 years experience in newspapers and television. I began my career in local newspapers in West Yorkshire at the age of 18. After studying Politics and History as a mature student I returned to journalism as a freelance reporter on national newspapers in London. I then joined the BBC's Breakfast TV programme as a producer and worked there for five years. In 2000 I returned to my home city of Leeds as a producer on the BBC's regional news programme Look North. In 2010, I joined Hallam as a part time lecturer, teaching on the TV modules. I was course leader on the postgraduate International Journalism course until last year when I became the undergraduate Journalism course joint leader.
I trained to be a journalist in Sheffield and joined my first newspaper - the Pontefract and Castleford Express in 1984. I then became a senior reporter on the Evening Courier in Halifax before moving on to the Yorkshire Evening Post in Leeds. I left journalism to become a mature student at the age of 25 and studied Politics and History at Newcastle University, where I gained a first class degree. I then returned to the industry to become a freelance newspaper reporter on national newspapers in London, working for The Independent, The Observer, The Sunday Times and The Sun. My first job in television came in 1995 when I joined the BBC's Breakfast programme as a producer. I spent some time working at the BBC's political unit in Millbank and covered the 1996 US presidential election.
Five years later I moved back to my home city of Leeds to become a producer on the BBC's regional news programme Look North. I worked as a programme producer. In 2010, I joined Hallam as a part time senior lecturer in journalism, whilst continuing as a part time producer with the BBC. I gained a PGCert in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education and I am currently studying for an MA in History by Research. I have been module leader on various modules and currently teach TV skills at undergraduate and post graduate level. I have been course leader for the postgraduate International Journalism course and I am now course joint leader for Journalism at undergraduate level. I became a full time member of the Hallam team in 2016.
Specialist areas of interest
My interests are in all forms of broadcast journalism.
BA (Honours) Journalism
MA International Journalism
All TV modules
Making Media for Journalism
Graham also works part time for the BBC Look North television programme based in Leeds, where he plans and produces programmes. This gives him hands on industry experience and up to date contact with TV professionals.