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2015 mentors

Thank you to all the mentors who contributed during 2015.

Paul Adams

Paul joined the BBC in 1989, as what used to be called a “talks writer” in the Arabic Service. Within a year, he was posted abroad, where he has spent a good part of his BBC career.

 

Paul spent a number of years in the Middle East (he was posted to Jerusalem twice, 1989-92 & 1997-2001) and has also covered the Balkans (Belgrade correspondent, 1993-5) and North America (Washington correspondent, 2009-13).

 

Gordon Corera

Gordon is a security correspondent for BBC News where he covers terrorism, intelligence and national security issues for TV, Radio and online.

 

Before he became a security correspondent in 2004, he was a foreign reporter for the Today programme on BBC Radio 4. He joined the BBC in 1997. @gordoncorera

Richard Frediani
Richard Frediani

Richard Frediani is a programme editor working for ITN on ITV News at 6.30pm and ITV News at Ten.

His first role in TV news was as a planner at ITN organising coverage of stories as varied as the fallout from the Omagh bomb attack to the 1999 Eclipse.

 

Richard returned to ITN to edit the ITV News at 630pm in 2012 and is responsible for the daily editorial content, structure, coverage and output. Richard was part of the team that won a BAFTA and a National RTS Award for the coverage of the murder of Lee Rigby. @FredianiITV

Ros Atkins

Ros is the presenter of Outside Source on BBC World News TV and, from June 1, the BBC News Channel. He’s recently left BBC World Service radio where he’d been a news presenter for over ten years with shows like Outside Source and World Have Your Say.

 

Ros has extensive experience reporting and presenting on location. He’s covered many major stories around the world for BBC News, including the death of Nelson Mandela, Barack Obama’s first election victory and inauguration and  the Charles Taylor verdict in Sierra Leone.

 

Andy Davies

Andy is home affairs correspondent for Channel 4 News. Based in Cardiff, he also covers stories across Wales and the west of England.

 

Before he joined ITN in 2006, he worked for 5 years as a reporter for BBC Panorama and was part of the team which won an RTS award in 2002 for an investigation into corruption in horse racing.

 

 

Gabriel Gatehouse

Gabriel is a BBC foreign correspondent. He started his career in radio in 2001, cutting his teeth at the BBC’s Russian language service. Since moving to BBC News, he has been based in East Africa, the Middle East and the former Soviet Union.

 

Over the past year Gabriel has been based in London, working mainly for Newsnight on BBC2. Gabriel was part of a team that won a Sony Gold award for the BBC World Service’s coverage of the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton in 2011: a gentle interlude between postings in Iraq and Libya. @ggatehouse

Sue Brooks
Sue Brooks

Sue is Director of International Products and Platforms at AP. She is responsible for the news agency’s multi-million dollar international product portfolio, and creates market-leading products and platforms for broadcast, newspaper and digital customers around the globe.

 

A journalist with 25 years’ experience in newspapers, radio and television, Sue has worked in many of the UK’s leading newsrooms, including ITN where she was a programme editor at News at Ten. Sue is a Columbia University Sulzberger fellow.

Natalie Fay

Natalie was promoted to Executive Producer of both the ITN-produced Tonight programmes and the newly commissioned On Assignment strand in 2014.

 

Natalie has been turning around ITV News and Tonight programmes for more than a decade. She continues to work with her small but brilliant team playing a fundamental role producing content with our top correspondents around the world.

 

Martin Geissler

Martin joined ITV News in 2002. Since then, he’s enjoyed postings as Africa correspondent and then Europe correspondent. In 2008 Martin’s work inside Zimbabwe was nominated for Emmy, BAFTA and RTS awards. In 2012 he won the One World media award for his reports on the Somali famine.

 

He covered the 2014 Scottish referendum, still lives in Scotland and maintains a close interest in the country, its people and its politics. These days he enjoys a wide brief, covering major events both at home and abroad. @mmgeissler

John Holliday

A former professional footballer, who has worked at four blue-chip media brands: ITV, BBC, Sky News and Bloomberg, Latterly head of news-gathering and digital in EMEA . John has worked in journalism and TV for 20 years, including as an on air reporter, producer, news editor and field prod.

 

He’s now MD of a London-based broadcast technology company called Globelynx, owned by the Press Association – with a goal to grow it. @Jholliday3

Hamish MacDonald

Hamish is an award winning International Affairs Correspondent for ABC America, covering war in Ukraine, the rise of ISIS, and the missing Nigerian schoolgirls. Previously anchor and correspondent for Aljazeera English. 

 

At Australia’s Ten Network he was creator, Executive Producer & host of prime-time documentary series The Truth Is? The Royal Television Society named him ‘Young Journalist of the Year’ in 2008.

Jayne Secker

Jayne has been a presenter on Sky News since 2009 moving to the studio after almost 10 years on the road as a correspondent.

 

Jayne was part of the Sky News team that won an RTS and Bafta for its coverage of the Soham murders; she was also a finalist in the Royal Television Society’s Young Journalist of the Year Award.  @JayneSeckerSky

Claire Gibson

Claire is an assignment editor for World Newsgathering at BBC News and responsible for deploying correspondents and crews to stories around the world. She has a particular responsibility for Asia and works closely with the BBC Bureaux in the region.

 

She started her career at BBC Radio Suffolk before moving to southern England and working as a television producer based in Tunbridge Wells. A graduate of Southampton University, Claire has now worked for BBC News for more than twenty years. @claire_gibson

James Matthews

James is Sky News’ Scotland Bureau Chief, based in Edinburgh. He joined Sky News in 1995. His coverage of the Lockerbie bombing and its aftermath included exclusive interviews with Colonel Gaddafi and his son, Saif al-Islam.

 

He began his career at Metro Radio in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, where he was news and sports reporter. After two years he joined Independent Radio News (IRN) and was based in London. @jamesmatthewsky

Cathy Newman

Cathy presents Channel 4 News. She spent over a decade in Fleet Street, latterly with the Financial Times.

 

Since joining Channel 4 News in 2006 she has broadcast a string of investigations and scoops, including harassment allegations against the Liberal Democrat peer Lord Rennard.

 

Cathy also writes about politics for the The Daily Telegraph. @cathynewman

Sue Inglish

Sue recently left the BBC after more than a decade, her last role having managerial and editorial responsibility for the BBC News political programmes, on radio, TV and online, including The Daily Politics, Sunday Politics, Today in Parliament, Yesterday In Parliament, Election Results specials, the BBC Parliament channel and the Democracy Live multimedia web site.

 

Inglish joined BBC News in 2002 from ITN New Media. She was previously deputy editor of Channel 4 news, editor of itn.co.uk and of LBC.

Chris Morris

Chris has been a BBC foreign correspondent for more than 20 years.

He’s been based in Sri Lanka, the United States, Turkey and India.

 

Currently based in Brussels,  he covers the Eurozone crisis and other news across Europe, primarily for BBC Radio 4.


Chris is the author of The New Turkey, published in 2005. @BBCChrisMorris

 

Ritula Shah

For a number of years, Ritula worked as a producer, on a range of TV and radio news programmes before joining the BBC World Service in 1999 as one of the presenters of The World Today, a daily news show. 

 

In 2008 Ritula joined The World Tonight, BBC Radio 4’s evening news programme, which has a focus on international affairs. She’s also presented Woman’s Hour, PM and Any Questions on Radio 4. @ritula

Sam Taylor

Sam is UK 24/7 editor for BBC News – overseeing the BBC News Channel, UK Online, the BBC News at One and digital video production.

 

He led the design and delivery of the BBC’s newsroom at Broadcasting House, and has worked across a number of senior TV and multimedia news editor roles. He joined the BBC as a news trainee in 1997. @samtaylornews

Jeremy Vine

Jeremy presents The Jeremy Vine Show on BBC Radio 2 after taking over from Sir Jimmy Young in 2002. He also does the swingometer for BBC election nights, as well as presenting the TV quiz Eggheads and Points of View.

 

Previously Jeremy has been Africa Correspondent and a lobby correspondent at Westminster, as well as presenter of Newsnight and Panorama. @theJeremyVine 

Sue Turton

Sue is a multi-award-winning senior correspondent and presenter with 25 years’ experience reporting around the world. In the past, she’s worked for Sky News, ITN, and spent twelve years at Channel 4 News. Sue joined Al Jazeera in 2010 as their Afghanistan Correspondent before covering the Libyan revolution from start to finish in 2011.  

 

In 2014, she became one of 11 people convicted of terrorism charges in absentia and sentenced to 10 years in jail after she was falsely accused of colluding with the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt. @sueturtonaje

Charlene White

Charlene is a journalist and broadcaster for ITV News and ITV London. She’s previously worked across TV and radio at the BBC, and written for The New York Post. Passionate about developing the next generation of journalists, she has worked with young people as a mentor for almost 15 years.

 

She also regularly works with several charities, social enterprises and initiatives including Media Trust. @CharleneWhite 

Simon Vigar

Simon Vigar is the Royal Correspondent for Channel 5 News, with the highlight of his jet-set career 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 has also covered World Cups, the Olympics, Wimbledon and many major criminal trials including Stephen Lawrence, Baby P and Joanna Yeates. 

Libby Wiener

Libby has been a political correspondent in the lobby since 2003 and was on the Tory target team for ITN in the 2005 General Election. Previously Royal Correspondent and between 1995 and 2000 ITN’s Australia correspondent.

 

Libby began her reporting career at ITN as home affairs correspondent and was a script-writer on News at Ten before that. She worked at BBC South and Southampton’s evening newspaper before joining ITN. @LibbyWienerITV

Andrew Wilson

Andrew is a presenter for Sky News. He started studio work in 2007 after 10 years abroad as a foreign correspondent, being resident correspondent in bureaux in Moscow, Jerusalem, and then Washington. Career highlights include the fall of the Berlin Wall, the first Gulf War, the intifada in the Middle East, two Presidential elections, Hurricane Katrina, and the fall of Kabul in 2001.

 

Andrew is a great believer in the involvement of the reporter without getting in the way of the story and that the future of good, solid news coverage will always depend on the work of those who make a point of witnessing events first hand. @AndrewWilsonSky 

Why a memorial ?

John Schofield was a much loved and respected young journalist. His death was mourned in newsrooms throughout the world.

John is remembered as a welcoming and supportive colleague in an industry which is notoriously hard to break into. John’s widow, family and friends wanted to commemorate John in a way which would reflect his friendly and generous spirit.