2015 Mentors

Paul AdamsPaul 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. He has 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).

He has worked all BBC radio and TV outlets. Since returning to London from his most recent posting, he has made several trips back to the Middle East and covered the conflict in Ukraine. He’s married to Susanna and has two teenage sons. @BBCPaulAdams


Ros AtkinsRos 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. Even further back, he was a producer on Five Live.

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. He’s also hosted numerous live audience discussions around the world.

While most of Ros’ work is in live broadcasting, he’s also made a number of documentaries including last year’s All That Stands In the Way that looked at gender inequality through the lives of four teenage girls in Iceland, the UK, Lesotho and Jordan.

Ros is from Cornwall, but has also lived in Trinidad, the Bahamas and South Africa and maintains a keen interest in the politics and music of the Caribbean and Africa (as well as Cornwall of course…). @BBCRosAtkins



Sue BrooksSue 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.



Gordon CoreraGordon 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



Andy DaviesAndy 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.

He was based in Northern Ireland from 1996-2000 working as a producer/reporter on BBC Radio Ulster and then the investigative strand Spotlight. He joined the BBC as a News Trainee in 1994. @adavies4


Natalie FayNatalie 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.



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

Richard trained on the Broadcast Journalism course at the University of Central Lancashire in Preston in 1989. His first job was as a reporter at Red Rose Radio in Preston. In 1994 Richard went to work for Independent Radio News, then based at ITN, which provides national news to more than 200 commercial radio stations.

In 1998 Richard switched to TV news. His first role 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 was soon promoted to news editor. He combined directing daily news coverage to traveling the world with correspondents such as Mark Austin, James Mates and Bill Neely. These included the 2001 Afghan War, 2002 World Cup in Japan and South Korea and the 2003 Iraq War including a 6 week attachment in Baghdad.

In 2004 Richard was appointed head of news at ITV Granada, the highlight of which was organising the coverage on the end of the Morecambe Bay cockling trial. The Programme won a BAFTA – the first and only Regional News Programme in 50 years to win that award.

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

Gabriel GatehouseGabriel 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, covering the major international news stories, from the turmoil in Ukraine to the ebola crisis in West Africa, from the death of Nelson Mandela to the rise of ISIS in Iraq and Syria.

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


Martin Geissler

Martin Geissler
Martin Geissler joined ITV News in 2002. Since then, he’s enjoyed postings as Africa correspondent and then Europe correspondent. He’s covered many of the world’s biggest news events, from the Iraq war, through hurricane Katrina, to the Arab Spring.

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.

Prior to joining ITV, Martin worked as a reporter/presenter with STV. 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


Claire GibsonClaire 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.

Claire was based in Washington for six months during President Obama’s first election victory and has worked in a number of other countries around the world. She also has considerable experience in covering stories across the UK and spent two years running the BBC’s Midlands Bureau.

She co-ordinated the BBC’s coverage of the phone hacking story, and led the coverage of Labour’s campaign during the 2010 General Election including the Bigot-gate scandal.  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


John HollidayJohn Holliday
A former professional footballer, who has worked at not one, not two, but four blue-chip media brands: ITV, BBC, Sky News and Bloomberg. Latterly head of news-gathering and digital in EMEA where he managed a team of 44, (6 directs).

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


Sue InglishSue Inglish
Sue has managerial and editorial responsibility for the BBC News political programmes.

She is responsible for 150 staff producing political news and 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.




James MatthewsJames Matthews
James is Sky News’ Scotland Bureau Chief, based in Edinburgh. He joined Sky News in 1995. While James’ primary focus is Scotland, he has covered stories for Sky News elsewhere in the UK and abroad. In 2014, he reported from Perth, Australia, on the missing MH370 airliner. His coverage of the Lockerbie bombing and its aftermath included exclusive interviews with Colonel Gaddafi and his son, Saif al-Islam. Other assignments include reporting from British and US aircraft carriers during conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.

As Scotland corrrespondent, he covered the Dunblane shootings in 1996 and travelled with the Scottish football team during its World Cup campaign in France ’98. In 2008 he was part of the Sky News team that won a BAFTA for its coverage of the terrorist attack on Glasgow Airport.

Before joining Sky News, James was chief reporter for Scottish Television. 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. As war correspondent he covered the first Gulf War, advancing with British Troops into Kuwait City. @jamesmatthewsky


Hamish MacdonaldHamish Macdonald
Hamish is an award winning International Affairs Correspondent for ABC America. In the past year Hamish covered war in Ukraine, the rise if ISIS, and the missing Nigerian schoolgirls.

Previously, Hamish worked as 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?

Hamish has received a prestigious Walkley Award for Journalism and a Human Rights Australia Award for Journalism. Britain’s Royal Television Society named him ‘Young Journalist of the Year’ in 2008 and GQ Magazine named Hamish ‘Media Man of the Year’ in 2012. In the summer of 2015, Hamish will become a fellow of the Harvard Nieman Foundation.  @hamishNews


Chris MorrisChris 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



Cathy NewmanCathy 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.

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



Jayne SeckerJayne 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. She presents the weekday morning show from 9 to 12. She also hosts Week in Review on a Friday evening – debating the biggest news stories of the week with the Odd Couple of Fleet Street, Andrew Pierce and Kevin Maguire.

Jayne has presented both on location and live in the studio on a huge range of news stories from the Charlie Hebdo march in Paris, to the Somerset floods and Scottish referendum. She broke the news that the Lockerbie bomber was to be freed and has anchored many rolling news stories.

As a correspondent Jayne reported extensively from the Middle East, covering the Israeli / Hizbollah conflict, the withdrawal of settlers from Gaza, the Israeli election and the death of the spiritual leader of Hammas, Sheik Ahmed Yassin. Jayne also covered the Iraq war broadcasting live from the deck of the USS Shiloh as tomahawk missiles were fired from the vessel into Baghdad the night the war began.

She’s travelled through Vietnam and Cambodia on the trail of Gary Glitter’s young victims as well as reporting on child mortality in Liberia and illegal logging in Brazil.

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


Ritula ShahRitula Shah
Ritula ignored her father’s sensible advice to become a lawyer, instead, she graduated in History from Warwick University in 1988. Soon afterwards, she joined the BBC in Birmingham.

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.  She found herself presenting the programme from a variety of unlikely locations, including a building site at the back of a mosque in Tehran and under a table on a rooftop in Moscow (the only place where the equipment was protected from the snow).

In 2008 Ritula joined The World Tonight, BBC Radio 4’s evening news programme, which has a focus on international affairs. She’s presented the programme from countries including Brazil, Jordan, India, China, the US, Finland and Germany.

She’s also presented Woman’s Hour, PM and Any Questions on Radio 4. @ritula


Sam TaylorSam 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




Sue TurtonSue 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 as a senior correspondent and presenter.

She’s won awards for digging into the underbelly of sports, conducted an undercover investigation into Indian call centres for a Dispatches documentary and once asked an African dictator if he threatened to eat his opponent’s testicles.

She joined Al Jazeera in 2010 as their Afghanistan Correspondent before covering the Libyan revolution from start to finish in 2011. She has since expanded her beat to Syria, Israel, Lebanon, Ukraine, Russia and Egypt. 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


Simon VigarSimon Vigar
An exclusive interview with Prince Harry has been the highlight of Simon’s jet-set career as royal correspondent for Channel 5 News. 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 met everyone from the Queen to George and literally had a front-row seat when William & Kate presented their son to the world in July 2013. Simon also remembers a much rockier period for the Royal family as he covered Diana’s estrangement from ‘The Firm’ and then, in one of the first major events ever covered by Channel 5, the death of the Princess of Wales. He has also covered World Cups, the Olympics, Wimbledon and many major criminal trials including Stephen Lawrence, Baby P and Joanna Yeates. @simonvigar5


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





Charlene WhiteCharlene 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


Libby WienerLibby 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. She covered the disastrous bush fires outside Melbourne, Australia in 2008-9.

Before that she was Royal Correspondent and between 1995 and 2000, I had her first stint as ITN’s Australia correspondent, covering a range of news and feature stories, including the Tasmanian massacre (shortly after Dunblane) in which 35 were shot dead at the former penal colony Port Arthur.

From 1991-4 she was Europe correspondent, based in Brussels where she covered the wranglings over the Maastricht Treaty, travelling to most of the countries in the EU for a wide-range of stories.

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 WilsonAndrew Wilson
Andrew is a presenter for Sky News. He started studio work in 2007 after 10 years abroad as a foreign correspondent.

During that time Andrew was resident correspondent in bureaux in Moscow, Jerusalem, and then Washington. Over his career Andrew has covered major stories all over the UK and abroad. 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. He has also worked as a bureau correspondent in the Midlands and Scotland.

As a presenter Andrew also specialises in outside broadcasts. Since 2007 he has presented live news programs from Thailand, USA, Chile, the Amazon rainforest, Egypt, Libya, Israel as well as from numerous breaking stories around the UK. He has won several awards for his work.

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