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.