A TEENAGE OBSESSION
It all started with Kate Adie.
Growing up during ‘The Troubles’, beatings and bloodshed topped the news agenda every night. In those days, Kate Adie was the BBC’s chief news correspondent and the conflict drew her to Northern Ireland. Amidst the despair, she became a familiar celluloid presence…
When grownups asked,
‘What do you want to be?
I would say, without fail,
‘A reporter…like Kate Adie.’
EARLY DAYS, CNN & BBC
By graduation, I had worked for the BBC in various bureaux across the UK. I had also trained at local radio stations in Northern Ireland and Scotland. It was enough experience to land my first job, as a production assistant at CNN. After a year writing news bulletins, I landed a job on the CNN features desk.
design360 is CNN’s flagship design programme about fashion and architecture. As a Producer on the show, I directed shoots across Europe and the U.S.
In Los Angeles, I met Lawrence G. Paull, production designer of Bladerunner; in London, I spent an afternoon with animator Ray Harryhausen, the famous animator and director of 1960s epic, Jason and the Argonauts.
Working on ‘design 360’, I became passionate about modern architecture and was thrilled to interview celebrated architects such as Daniel Libeskind and Rem Koolhaas. I also interviewed luminaries from the fashion world, such as Karl Lagerfeld and Vivienne Westwood.
After a couple of years working on features, off I went to cover the news on Emmy-award winning Channel 4 News. Working alongside some of Britain’s best journalists, I soon started producing hard-hitting reports. In 2004, I won a mental health award for a film I produced about suicidal patients at risk.
In 2007, I went to work on More 4 News, where I was trained to do lighting, camerawork and editing. Embarking on solo trips across the UK and Europe, I filmed and reported my own stories. I exclusively revealed that doctors on the NHS performed ‘virginity repair’ operations, and showed that adoption breakdowns were on the rise.
SPELL IN SOUTH EAST ASIA
For three years I worked in Bangkok as a producer for the ABC (Australian Broadcasting Corporation), covering South East Asia.
From my bureau, we revealed the truth behind the surrogacy business in Thailand. I also produced stories about political dissidents in Vietnam, human rights abuses in Cambodia and problems facing the Khmer Rouge trial.
Я говорю по-русски!…From snow to sun
(‘I speak Russian!’) I lived in Moscow for over two years and studied Russian, passing the ‘Test of Russian as a Foreign Language’ exams at Moscow State University. After years of extreme winter weather, we moved to South Africa, where I currently reside…and where I’m enjoying a completely different climate!
WOMEN & CHILDREN
Throughout my career, I have sought to make stories about women, children and gender more prevalent across the news agenda. Adoption, children in care, female genital mutilation, male circumcision, domestic violence, sex work and female alcoholism are some of the topics I have covered. I often write for the ‘Women & Girls’ Hub on Newsdeeply.com, where many of my stories have been picked up by the Huffington Post, among others.
As a feminist, I blog about the frustrations of raising a daughter who is obsessed with pink and princesses.