2012 Mentors

“John was the very best kind of reporter: intelligent, analytical, caring – but also industrious and determined to get out there and to see things for himself.”

Ben Brown

Matthew Amroliwala joined the BBC in 1989 after doing a postgraduate radio journalism course. He was a BBC local radio reporter at BBC Radio Cambridgeshire for 18 months. Matthew then did a BBC television course which saw him working first in Belfast and then in the main national newsroom.

As a general reporter, Matthew returned regularly to Belfast in the early 1990s in the height of the violence running up to the IRA-ceasefire. Matthew has reported as a political correspondent from Westminster, as well as reported from New York, Washington and from Bosnia.

In 1997 he started presenting at the launch of BBC News 24 and has spent the last 14 years there. Since 2008 Matthew has also been part of the Crimewatch presenting team.

Kevin Bakhurst has been the Controller of the BBC News Channel and the Editor of the BBC One O’Clock News since December 2005. He has also been Deputy Head of the BBC Newsroom since May 2010. Before that he was Editor of the BBC Ten O’Clock News from 2003-2005. He produced the BBC News coverage of the Hong Kong Handover in 1997 and has worked extensively in Brussels and Washington, including the coverage of President Obama’s Inauguration. Under his editorship, the Ten O’Clock News won two BAFTAs for coverage of the Madrid attacks and the London bombings and RTS News Programme of the year. The BBC News Channel has twice won RTS News Channel of the year.

Kevin was educated at Haberdashers’ Aske’s, Elstree and studied Modern Languages at St John’s College, Cambridge.

Kevin Bishop has worked as a producer for the BBC since 1993, when he joined from NBC News. With a degree in Russian and French, he began his career in Moscow, eventually becoming Bureau Chief there in 2000. He was also producer in Nairobi and Johannesburg, as well as New York Bureau Chief.

Kevin has covered the wars in the former Yugoslavia, Rwanda, Afghanistan and Chechnya, the overthrow of communism in Eastern Europe and the election of Barack Obama. He spent two years covering science and environmental issues in places such as Greenland and Arctic Canada. At BBC TV Centre, he has worked as intake and planning editor for Newsgathering and output editor on BBC World News. He has produced interviews with Vladimir Putin, Prince Charles, Mikhail Gorbachev, Paul Weller and David Beckham.

A keen sports fan and QPR supporter, he has overseen the BBC News coverage of several World Cup finals, boxing in Las Vegas, the Commonwealth Games in India and is currently series producer for World Olympic Dreams.

Evan Davis joined the presenter team on Today in April 2008 following a six-and-a-half year stint as the BBC’s economics editor.

He also presents The Bottom Line, Radio 4’s business discussion programme and Dragons’ Den, the BBC Two business reality show.

Before his promotion to editor, Evan worked for BBC Two’s Newsnight from 1997 to 2001 and as a general economics correspondent from 1993.

He previously worked as an economist at the Institute of Fiscal Studies and the London Business School.

Evan has won several awards, including the Work Foundation’s Broadcast Journalist of the Year award in 1998, 2001 and 2003, and the Harold Wincott Business Broadcaster of the Year award in 2001 and 2005.

He has written and co-written several books, most notably Public Spending, and the Penguin dictionaries of economics and of business.

He studied philosophy, politics and economics at St John’s College, Oxford from 1981 to 1984 and obtained a Masters of Public Administration at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

David Eades is a presenter with BBC World News, as well as Radio 4’s the World Tonight, the World at One, and The World This Weekend.

He was previously the BBC’s Europe Correspondent from 1994-99, the Ireland Correspondent from 1999-01, and then Sports News Correspondent from 2001-03.

David began his BBC career as a local radio trainee, before spending three years at Radio Kent, as reporter, producer, correspondent and news editor. He also launched BBC Radio Surrey as its news editor.

Tim Franks is currently splitting his time between being a Sports Correspondent and presenting Newshour (World Service radio) and Hardtalk (World TV).

From 2001-10 Tim was based overseas, firstly as the Washington, then Europe, and finally the Middle East correspondent for the BBC.

Tim won the Bayeux International War Reporting Award in 2009 for reporting on Gaza war.

Christian Fraser is the BBC’s Paris Correspondent, a role he has held since 2010.

He appears on many BBC news programmes, including the BBC News at 6, BBC News at 10, Newsnight and on BBC Radio 4’s Today and The World Tonight.

He has also appeared many times on both the UK’s domestic digital TV channel BBC News Channel and on the international satellite TV channel BBC World News.

Razia Iqbal has worked as a journalist and broadcaster for the BBC for more than twenty years.

Currently, she is Special Correspondent for BBC News, mainly working for the Six and Ten O’Clock news on a range of domestic and foreign stories.

She also presents Newshour, on the BBC World Service as well as two specialist programmes on the BBC News Channel and BBC World, called Talking Books and Portrait of an Artist.

Razia was the BBC’s Arts Correspondent for several years and has made many programmes for the World Service and Radio 4. She has lived and worked in Pakistan and Sri Lanka. Razia now lives in London with her two children.

Allan Little joined BBC news in 1988 after training as a reporter in local radio. He has spent more than two decades in foreign news. He has been based in Johannesburg, Paris and Moscow, and reported extensively from former Yugoslavia from 1991-95. He has also presented Today on Radio 4, and  Newsnight on BBC2.

He is married to Sheena McDonald.

Lucy Manning is Political Correspondent for ITV News.

She joined ITN as a trainee in 1996 and then worked as the ITV Westminster producer for Michael Brunson and John Sergeant.

She then worked at Channel 4 News as a producer then reporter, where she was part of the team that won an International Emmy for coverage of the Madrid bombings, before returning to ITV in time to cover the 2010 election.

Penny Marshall is a Special Correspondent for ITV’s News at Ten, a freelance journalist and Visiting Professor at City University.

She also trains professional TV journalists.

She won an EMMY, a BAFTA and an RTS award for her work as a foreign correspondent in Eastern Europe and Russia in the 1990s.

Her reporting has also been recognised by Amnesty International for its insight and courage.

Penny now works as a freelance broadcaster and reporter appearing on ITN and Radio 4. She also writes regularly for the Times and the Mail.

She is a History graduate of the London School of Economics. She is married to ITN’s Royal Correspondent, Tim Ewart, and has three daughters and a step-son and step-daughter. She enjoys music.

John McAndrew is Associate Editor of Sky News, responsible for ensuring the quality and consistency of Sky News’ journalism across all platforms – TV, mobile, online and radio.

John joined Sky News as Executive Producer in 2005, after eleven years at the BBC. He has exec-produced many of our flagship strands including Sky News at Five with Jeremy Thompson for five years. John has also edited many major live political events for Sky and in May 2010, was in charge of the first ever live Sky News Leaders’ Debate ahead of the General Election. John was also editor of the channel’s Election night coverage – where on the same night, Sky News launched the UK’s first 24-hour news channel in high definition (HD). In 2010 he was also seconded to the role of Head of International News leading Sky News’ highly-acclaimed foreign news team.

John began his career as a political researcher for the BBC in 1994. He was part of the team that launched BBC News Online which was awarded a BAFTA in its first year. He was also senior producer of the BBC Six o’clock News and deputy editor of the 2001 General Election. His final role at the BBC was as Editor of the Daily Politics Show on BBC2 which he launched in 2003.

John is married to ITV News Special Correspondent Daisy McAndrew, they have two children.

Foreign Affairs Correspondent Jonathan Miller has covered conflicts, revolutions, natural and unnatural disasters for Channel 4 News.

He has won four Royal Television Society awards and four Amnesty International TV News awards for the programme.

Before joining ITN in 2003, Jonathan worked as a freelance documentary director and presenter after four years as a BBC correspondent in South East Asia.

Cristina Nicolotti Squires started her career as a trainee journalist at a press agency in London called National News – an agency paid to do the legwork outsourced by the national newspapers – covering court cases; door-stepping and finding case studies for the features editor.

After two years Cristina freelanced on the Evening Standard and the Daily Mirror before joining Thames Televison News as a newsroom journalist. She went to become an Assistant Producer at London Weekend Television before joining the new London News Network as a News Editor.

Cristina joined ITN in September 1994 as a Deputy News Editor on planning. She moved onto the newsdesk a couple of months later as a News Editor. As well as news editing for all of ITN’s news programmes, Cristina spent a lot of time on the road as a field producer. She’s covered wars, famine, earthquake and volcanos with all of ITN’s top correspondents. She spent two weeks at Ground Zero with Mark Austin. In 2003 Cristina became Head of Home News in charge of all of ITV New’s domestic newsgathering. Cristina moved over into production in 2007 when she became Programme Editor of the Lunchtime News. Two years later she moved onto programme-edit News at Ten – which won the RTS Programme of the Year earlier this year. She is now Head of Output and Assistant Editor with responsibility for all of the production staff as well as providing support to the Editor.

Cristina was also the Programme Editor of ITV’s critically acclaimed Royal Wedding Programme. She has also made a number of half-hour and hour-long special programmes for ITV – from the Duchess of Cambridge’s recent visit to Canada to Budget Day and Review of the Year.

Cristina is married and has two daughters – aged 9 and 5.

Ian Pannell has been a journalist with the BBC for twenty years. His current posting is to Washington DC where he is the North America TV Correspondent.

Ian’s career began at BBC Radio Leicester where he progressed from unpaid tea-boy to reporter. He made the move to London and network radio in the form of a new upstart in the BBC stable – 5 Live. From there Ian moved to Radio One, Newsbeat and a few years later to The World at One (WATO) and PM on Radio Four.

Over the years Ian became increasingly focused on foreign affairs; from the later end of the Balkans conflict and the fall of Slobodan Milosovic, to economic and social upheaval in post Soviet Russia.

The last (and hardest) career leap was from programmes to newsgathering. It was the events of 11 September 2001 and those that followed that have defined his career for the last ten years. Ian traveled from New York to Afghanistan where he spent two months living with Northern Alliance fighters until they finally overthrew the Taliban. He was then posted to Washington to report for Breakfast TV from 2002 to 2005.

From 2005 to 2008 Ian was based in Cairo as the BBC’s Middle East Correspondent.  In 2008 he began a two-year assignment in Kabul; reporting on the deteriorating security situation, the re-emergence of the Taliban and the West’s military struggle.

So far 2011 has been dominated by the Arab Spring/Summer. Ian has reported from Egypt, Tunisia, Libya and Syria and he fully expects to find himself somewhere else in the region soon.

Ronke Phillips has been a journalist for more than 20 years and has been fortunate enough to enjoy a varied career in print, radio and television. She has worked both as a presenter and reporter – for national and regional television, both in the UK and abroad.

Ronke, who is of Nigerian heritage, attended a girl’s school in Putney before gaining a BSC honours degree in Third World Economics and Social Sciences.

She began her broadcast career working as a radio reporter for a host of local BBC Radio stations including BBC Radio London, Nottingham, Leicester and Derby.

The breakthrough into television journalism came through a place on the ITN’s News Trainee Scheme through Central TV in Nottingham. Ronke has also worked for BBC Daytime, BBC Features, BBC New York and GMTV.

Since 1999 she has been a correspondent at ITV’s London Tonight, working on a number of special investigations including coverage of the release of the M25 three, the murder of Victoria Climbie and the July 7th bombings in 2005.

In 2002 she won a Royal Television Society award for her coverage of the verdicts in the Damilola Taylor trial.

Earlier this year Ronke secured a major exclusive when she found out the real identity of ‘Adam’ the child who’s torso was discovered floating in the Thames 10 years ago.

Ronke is also a freelance writer, her articles have appeared in a number of newspapers and magazines including the Independent, The Daily Mail, The Voice and Pride Magazine

Matthew Price is currently the BBC’s Europe correspondent. He’s worked across the world since joining the BBC 1994 as a trainee local radio reporter. As Middle East Correspondent he covered the Lebanon war in 2006, the death of Yasser Arafat, Israel’s withdrawal from Gaza and the end of Ariel Sharon. He covered the Iraq war in 2003 and reported many times from the country in the following years. As Belgrade Correspondent he covered the trial of the murdered Serbian prime minister Zoran Djindjic. In 2007 he moved to New York where he covered the collapse of Lehman brothers and the subsequent credit crisis. He followed John McCain on the campaign trail in the 2008 presidential election.

In 2010 Matthew’s work with producer Ian Sherwood and cameraman Chuck Tayman covering Mexico’s drugs wars was nominated for an Emmy Award. In January 2011 their work as a team was recognised with a Dupont-Columbia School of Journalism Award for coverage of the 2010 Haiti earthquake. The coverage of the Haiti Earthquake also earned Matthew, producer Ian Sherwood and cameraman Chuck Tayman an Emmy Nomination in 2011. Matthew was named News Journalist of the Year at the Sony Radio Awards in 2011. Previously during his time with the BBC’s newsrooms programmes he won the RTS Young Journalist of the Year and a BAFTA for his work in Afghanistan.

Norman Smith has reported for the BBC from Westminster since 1999.

For the last 18 months he has been chief political correspondent for Radio 4 appearing regularly on the Today programme and PM.

He joined the BBC as a local radio reporter in 1986 and became a parliamentary correspondent in 1993 presenting Today and Yesterday in Parliament on Radio 4.

Norman Smith, is the BBC’s chief political correspondent.

Matt Williams is a news editor on both the home and foreign desks for ITV News. The job combines weighing up news stories, assigning adequate resources to cover them and ensuring they make air with all the necessary ingredients.

Matt has been at ITV News for nine years having started on the newsdesk as a desk assistant before moving into field producing on a wide range of stories both in the UK and abroad, including a spell as northern producer up in Manchester for four years.

He has been lucky enough to cover some of the biggest stories during his time at ITV News including Afghanistan, the Haitian earthquake last year, and most recently the conflict in Libya.

Matt won the RTS Young Journalist of the Year Award in 2007.

Sian Williams has been a BBC journalist for more than 25 years and has presented BBC1’s Breakfast programme for a decade – making her the show’s longest serving presenter.

Her background is in political programmes – she made daily news and current affairs programmes for Radio 4 for many years – her last job there was producing the 1997 Election Night results programme for Radios 4 and 5. Last year, she was at the heart of BBC1’s General Election Results coverage, broadcasting for more than 12 hours, including anchoring three hours of output as the coalition deal became clear (and when David Dimbleby took a break).

Sian also regularly presents BBC News bulletins and Radio 4 programmes. In summer 2011 she anchored a live, BBC1 prime-time show about history. She will be part of the London 2012 Olympics presenting team next year.

Andrew Wilson 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.

Caroline Wyatt was appointed BBC Defence Correspondent in October 2007, covering defence issues for BBC TV, radio and online news. From July 2003 – September 2007, Caroline Wyatt was BBC Paris Correspondent, covering the 2007 election campaign, the anniversary of the Entente Cordiale, and French culture and society, which seemed to involve a lot of coverage of French food and wine. From November 2000 – March 2003 she was the BBC’s Moscow correspondent, covering President Vladimir Putin’s first term in office, as well as reporting from Chechnya and from across the former Soviet Union. Between November 2001 and April 2002, Caroline reported on the British and US campaign in Afghanistan from the Northern Alliance HQ in Khodja Bauhouddin in northern Afghanistan, and the subsequent NATO ISAF mission from Kabul and Baghram, returning in 2007 and 2008 to report from Kabul, Kandahar and Helmand Province.

Her experience of Iraq dates back to 1998 and the Desert Fox campaign, which she covered from Baghdad, and she also spent March – April 2003 as an embedded correspondent with British forces in southern Iraq. From 1993 to 2000 she was based in Germany, as BBC Berlin and BBC Bonn correspondent, reporting on the early years of German re-unification and the move of the German capital back to Berlin. Caroline has also reported from Jerusalem and Gaza, and was based in Albania and Kosovo in 1999, covering the NATO campaign and the subsequent return of Kosovo Albanian refugees to their homes.

She joined the BBC as a News and Current Affairs trainee in 1991, after gaining a postgraduate diploma in journalism from City University in London in 1990. Caroline studied English and German at Southampton University from 1985 – 1989, including a six-month exchange programme at Rutgers University in New Jersey, USA.

She is an occasional presenter for BBC Radio 4’s Saturday PM programme, R4 The World Tonight, R4 From Our Own Correspondent, R4 The World This Weekend and the World Service radio programmes Newshour and Europe Today.