Previous Winners

“My memories of John are of the witty, erudite professional with a huge sense of purpose and huge sense of fun.”

Alastair Stewart OBE

The 2015 winner is Mstyslav Chernov.

1996 Cary Johnston
1997 Donal MacIntyre
1998 Glenn Campbell
1999 Peter Lane
2000 Matthew Price
2001 Nicola Pearson
2002 Tim Samuels
2003 James Reynolds
2004 Mark Daly
2005 Alex Millar
2006 Faisal Islam
2007 Matt Williams
2008 Hamish Macdonald
2009 Hannah Thomas-Peter
2010 Tamanna Rahman
2011 Rohit Kachroo
2013 Ciaran Jenkins
2014 Peter Smith

Cary Johnston, 1996 winner

Cary was the first winner of the John Schofield Young Journalist of the Year award, having impressed the judges with an investigation for ITV’s Meridian Tonight programme, exposing a bogus and fraudulent children’s doctor.

Cary went on to work for the BBC as a news correspondent, and is now a full-time on-screen presenter for the international 24-hour Russia Today news channel, based in Moscow.

There, he anchored the live unfolding events of the Moscow Metro bombings of 2010. The coverage was a finalist in the national Academy of Russian Television TEFI awards.

He is also a corporate voice-over artist for the Moscow-based voice agency English Voices.

Cary enjoys life in Moscow, but also has a love of Spain where he lived for several years. He speaks Spanish and continues to immerse himself in the culture, with regular visits to Andalucia.

On the John Schofield Trust, he says: ‘I am still deeply honoured to be associated with the Trust. The award I received was a catalyst for a career which continues to flourish to this day. The Trust’s continuing activities presents a chance for me to “give something back” by encouraging those who are just making their way in the industry. Journalism is a different ball-game to when I was starting out, but experience is timeless and I am happy to help where I can.’

Donal MacIntyre, 1997 winner

Donal MacIntyre is an investigative journalist, specialising in hard-hitting investigations, undercover operations and television exposés. He has won praise for his courage and campaigning zeal, particularly his consistent work in the area of care homes for the elderly and the learning-disabled.

Donal felt that the award in John’s honour was very important and special and it gave him great encouragement in the pursuit of his work.

Glenn Campbell, 1998 winner

Glenn is the investigative correspondent for the popular BBC One current affairs series Inside Out covering the South East of England.

A former ITV crime and investigative reporter, before joining the BBC Glenn was a regular face on The London Programme, London Tonight and Real Crime and has been a contributor for BBC Radio, Talk Sport and LBC as well as The Daily Mirror and The Guardian.

In 2001 Glenn became the first British journalist to experience the full force of the Taser stun-gun whilst filming a documentary in LA with the US police. Now deployed in the UK and used by dozens of police forces across the British Isles, he still contributes to the on-going debate about the stun-gun as an acceptable police enforcement weapon.

During his six years working for BBC current affairs, Glenn has investigated cross-channel people smuggling, the disappearance of Lord Lucan, the problem of asbestos in our schools and the fake ferry conman who duped politicians and business people on both sides of the English Channel as well as an entire local community in Dover.

In 2009 Glenn Campbell collected the Royal Television Society’s TV Journalist of the Year Award for the south of England. Two months later he won Best Documentary at the CIRCOM European TV Awards for his programme investigating an international banking fraud.

rts_lanePeter Lane, 1999 winner

Peter started his career in 1994 as a runner and researcher at ITN working on News At Ten and Channel 4 News. He then moved to ITN’s World News for NBC Europe where he was a writer, AVID editor and update presenter.

In 1997 he was a producer and then programme editor on the launch team of ITN’s Channel 5 News before switching to presenting and reporting.

In 1998 he became Channel 5’s North of England Correspondent and was voted Young Journalist Of The Year by the Royal Television Society which cited his ‘original and fresh approach to reporting, interviewing and explaining’.

In 2002 Peter joined the BBC and became Midlands Correspondent working on the One, Six and Ten O’Clock bulletins, Radio 4, Five Live and BBC Breakfast.

He moved to Sky in 2005 for the relaunch of Channel 5 News back in his favourite patch – the North.
Over the years he has covered news, sport and entertainment features around the UK and his foreign assignments have taken him across Europe and further afield to the likes of America, Australia and India, with a World Cup, Olympic Games and Oscar Ceremony thrown in for good measure.

His career highlights include: covering the Harold Shipman mass murder investigation from the original arrest to the public inquiry, being placed under quarantine with a flock of sheep to secure an exclusive on foot and mouth, getting a hug from Lady Gaga and meeting Buzz Aldrin – it’s not every day you chat someone who has walked on the moon.

Peter lives in North Yorkshire with his wife and two sons and come rain or shine can often be found enjoying fish and chips on the beach in Whitby.

Matthew Price, 2000 winner

Matthew Price is the BBC Europe Correspondent, based in Brussels. His role is wide-ranging, covering everything from EU to elections and industrial action in individual countries.

Before moving to Brussels, Matthew was the BBC World Affairs Correspondent based in New York. He was one of the first reporters to reach Haiti after the 2010 earthquake and followed the efforts of its citizens to rebuild their lives. He has covered the Mexican drugs war and travelled to the epicentre of the swine flu epidemic in 2009. He has reported on the problem of child trafficking from Guatemala.

When the world’s biggest economy faltered and then collapsed, he reported from Wall Street as economic titans like Lehman Brothers toppled. From coast to coast he has documented the struggles of ordinary Americans trying to survive the recession.

In 2008 Matthew was on the front line of the US presidential election and followed the campaigns of both parties, starting in the sub-zero freeze of a January night in Des Moines, Iowa and ending up almost a year later under the rustling palm trees of Phoenix, Arizona, as senator John McCain delivered his concession speech.

Before his time in America, he was the BBC’s Middle East Correspondent based in Jerusalem. He was close to the action for Israel’s 2006 war against Hezbollah in Lebanon. He was inside Yasser Arafat’s compound as the Palestian leader was taken ill, and reported from across the region as the implications of his death set in. In 2005 he was in Gaza as Israel withdrew its settlers and soldiers from the tiny strip of coastline and the Palestinians celebrated.

He has travelled widely across the Middle East. In 2003 he was aboard HMS Ark Royal as British marines were sent into Iraq. He reported from Baghdad and beyond as sectarian violence spread.

Matthew was the BBC’s Belgrade Correspondent from 2002, covering the trial of the killers of Serbia’s prime minister Zoran Dijndjic and the formal winding up of the Yugoslav Federation. He has also reported from Afghanistan, Sierra Leone, Ethiopia, Kosovo and many other locations. He covered the Australian Olympics in 2000, the Euro-2000 football championships and the German World Cup in 2006.

Matthew Price joined the BBC in 1994 as a trainee reporter for local radio. In 1999 he moved to Newsround, the BBC’s flagship current affairs television programme for children. In 2000 he was voted the Royal Television Society’s Young Journalist of the Year.

He has been awarded second place in the Prix Bayeux-Calvados War Correspondents Awards for his reporting on the rocket markers in Gaza. He has also won a Bafta for his reporting from Afghanistan.

Matthew was born in London in 1972.

Nicola Pearson, 2001 winner

Winning the John Schofield Young Journalist of the Year Award was, Nicola says, ‘certainly a springboard for me. Shortly afterwards, I moved from reporting at East Midlands Today, to being the Essex reporter for BBC London TV News. My role was to dig up stories – and somehow I stumbled across some good ones – the woman dying of mesothelioma because her flat had been built on the site of an old asbestos factory, her council refusing to take responsibility, and a car-smuggling ring. Not long after, on 11 September 2001, I was sent to New York to cover the terror attacks.’

After a few years, Nicola moved to reporting and presenting at Radio 1 Newsbeat, because, she explains ironically, ‘I wasn’t considered old or experienced enough to make the transition into national TV News. At Newsbeat I was given lots of opportunities – I got to cover trials, like that of the Soham murderer Ian Huntley, and Dutroux, the Belgian paedophile who kept his victims as prisoners. I also travelled to Paris on the hunt for the US marine who had run off with a British schoolgirl. For 18 months I became the station’s North of England Reporter.’

After three years, Nicola wanted to return to TV News. The editor of the BBC’s Northern Bureau allowed her to report for what was then News 24 at the weekends. From there, Nicola was given an interview to become a full-time reporter for the channel. She has been working for the news channel ever since on some of the most high profile news stories around, most recently the Cumbrian floods and murders, the Pope’s visit, Joanne Yeates’ murder and the Dewani case. Nicola was seconded to the Midlands Bureau to be the Midlands Correspondent for six months. In the summer of 2010 she spent three months as the South West of England reporter, and has returned from a stint in Bristol, presenting the Breakfast bulletins and Lunch programmes. Nicola hopes to bring some of that reporting experience into the studio.

Tim Samuels, 2002 winner

Tim says that winning ‘the Young Journalist award was a real springboard for me – for which I’m deeply grateful.’ At the time of winning, Tim was working for BBC London News. Tim recalls that, ‘the award gave me the opportunity to go on attachment to Newsnight soon after as a reporter – which was an incredible and exciting learning curve. I carved out a role doing special investigations for Newsnight and the Six O’Clock News, before moving over to making/presenting current affairs documentaries for BBC Two (which I still do).’

Tim’s ambition is to make films which approach serious current affairs subjects in a different way. Recent examples include forming OAP rock band The Zimmers to highlight our treatment of the elderly, and a look at Polish immigration for the White Season. He also does a spot of presenting on the Culture Show and the odd piece for Newsnight.

Tim credits the 2002 award for giving him ‘the confidence to tell important stories in a different way – which has helped bag a few more awards since:

Royal Television Society – Best UK Current Affairs Documentary (2008) Royal Television Society – Best British News Story (2004) BANFF World Television Festival – Best Current Affairs Documentary (2006), Race In Media Awards – TV Journalist of Year (2005), New York Festivals World Medal (2004).

Tim says: ‘I am really very grateful to the Trust for the support given to me and other (once) young journalists.’

Photo credit: Richard Kendal

James Reynolds, 2003 winner

James is currently the Tehran Correspondent for BBC News – his fifth foreign posting for the BBC.
James began his foreign career in 1998 in Santiago, Chile. He covered a range of stories across South America – including the arrest of General Pinochet in Chile, the downfall of Peru’s President Fujimori, the guerrilla war in Colombia, the cocaine trade in Bolivia, floods in Venezuela, and a military coup in Ecuador.

In 2001, James was posted to Jerusalem where he covered the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and also the Iraq war. In 2006, he was sent to China where he covered violent protests in Tibet, the Sichuan earthquake, and the Beijing Olympics.

In 2009, he spent a year as a Fellow at the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University. He followed that with a short stint as one of the BBC’s Washington Correspondents, before taking up his current posting as Tehran Correspondent.

In his spare time, James enjoys floating in the Dead Sea.

Mark Daly, 2004 winner

After the RTS journalism awards Mark went on to win the RTS programme of the year award and the Bafta for The Secret Policeman. He also won programme of the year in the Broadcast awards. He was then made a Senior Broadcast Journalist with the BBC and went on to make several more long form investigative journalism programmes, including: Rough Justice: Murder Without a Trace (2005) which secured the release of a man wrongly convicted of murder; The Boys Who Killed Stephen Lawrence (2006); and Britian’s Most Wanted Paedophiles (2007).

He’s since moved back to Glasgow and to BBC Scotland where he is Investigations Correspondent. His most recent 60-minute investigations were Scotland’s Secret Serial Killer (2009) and The Rise and Lies of Tommy Sheridan (2010). He also reports regularly for Panorama, including two films about the banking crisis in What Happens After Sorry? (2009) and Carry on Banking (2010).

Photo credit: Richard Kendal

Alex Millar, 2005 winner

Faisal Islam, 2006 winner

Faisal joined Channel 4 News in 2004, as a Business Reporter. Since then he’s exposed the Icelandic banking crisis, watched Lehman Brothers fall from Wall Street, investigated emerging economies in India and Singapore and interviewed everyone from the Prime Minister to the President of the World Bank.

Faisal won the WorkWorld Foundation’s Broadcast News Reporter of the Year in 2010, and collected numerous awards for his coverage of the Icelandic banking crisis in 2009.

Before Channel 4 News Faisal worked for the Observer.

Photo credit: Richard Kendal

Matt Williams, 2007 winner

Matt (shown right in picture) was 26 when he won the award and, whilst he admits he’s been lucky enough to experience some amazing things in the industry, he still considers that night to be the most special of his journalistic life. He was the producer for the north of England bureau for ITV News when he won the award, becoming the first off-screen journalist to win the award. Matt says, ‘That fact is still a huge source of pride for me and it’s something I relay to other desk assistants and junior producers in our company – the fact that you don’t necessarily have to be a reporter to have a long, successful and recognised career. I do, however, still believe it is the only award where someone of my job description would ever have had a chance of winning something as an individual, so for that reason I will truly be grateful to you and the trustees of that prize.’

After winning the award Matt continued in his role as northern producer, looking after some of the big stories in that patch, such as the Rhys Jones shooting and Shannon Matthews disappearance. He was also lucky enough to make regular visits out to Afghanistan, looking after the presentation of ITN’s bulletins from Lashkar Gah during Operation Panther’s Claw and he was also the pool producer for the coverage of Prince Harry’s deployment out there. On the latter trip he gathered many of the images and conducted the interview which was played around the world when news of Prince Harry’s deployment came to light.

Since February 2009 Matt has been back in London working as a news editor on the desk for ITV News. In 2010, amongst other things, he went to Haiti for a month and was news editor on the ground for the Derrick Bird shootings in Cumbria.

Photo credit: Richard Kendal

Hamish MacDonald, 2008 winner

Hamish is an award-winning foreign correspondent and news presenter.

In 2011 Hamish has been on the ground in Egypt and Libya witnessing the tumultuous events of the Arab Spring. He has been underground in the smuggling tunnels of Gaza, meeting Israeli settlers in the West Bank and investigating refugee conditions in Malaysia. He also covered the tsunami in Japan and most recently travelled to Kenya and Somalia to report on famine in the Horn of Africa.

Named Young Journalist of the Year by the British Royal Television Society in 2008, Hamish also anchored Al Jazeera’s International Emmy-nominated coverage of the Georgia-Russia war live from Tbilisi. He has spent extended periods reporting from the frontline of the war in Afghanistan, street riots across Asia and has investigated border incursions between India and China.

Since leaving Australia in 2003 Hamish has met and interviewed some of the world’s most famous and infamous figures, including spending a week living and travelling with Jemaah Islamiyah’s Abu Bakar Bashir.

During his time with Al Jazeera Hamish hosted the flagship Newshour program, and stood in as host for Sir David Frost.

Hamish has studied Arabic in Yemen and Indonesian in Jogjakarta. He has worked for the UK’s Channel 4 News and for the past five years with the international broadcaster Aljazeera English. He is continuing his world travels now as Senior Foreign Correspondent for 6.30 With George Negus on the Ten Network.

Hannah Thomas-Peter, 2009 winner

Hannah trained as a newspaper journalist before getting a place on Sky’s graduate trainee scheme. She worked in all areas before becoming a producer for various programme teams.

After being awarded the RTS award for her work as health producer, Hannah went on to specialise in politics, working as the deputy to Sky’s Westminster executive producer. After attachments to Sky’s website and as an on-air reporter, Hannah worked as political editor Adam Boulton’s producer for the General Election and Leaders’ Debate.

Hannah then decided to move to New York and persuaded Sky to teach her how to shoot and edit so she could be the channel’s first permanent presence in the city. Hannah has since been working there as a reporter/producer.

Photo credit: Richard Kendal

Tamanna Rahman, 2010 winner

Tamanna started out in 2006 as a team assistant for Religion & Ethics Online and then became a researcher for BBC Radio 4 where she completed a part-time NCTJ-qualification. In 2009 Panorama asked Tamanna to take part in the Undercover Hate Programme, and after that she did a short internal work-experience stint with the programme. In 2010 she worked across current affairs development, rogue traders and has settled into the BBC News Channel as a producer. Tamanna says that winning the Young Journalist of the Year award is ‘an honour that I am regularly reminded of, and often feel quite hard to live up to!’

Photo credit: Richard Kendal

Rohit Kachroo, 2011 winner

Rohit was formerly the Midlands Correspondent at ITV News until his promotion to Africa Correspondent on ITV News in 2011. He also reports for NBC. He has worked alongside Bob Warman at ITV Central.

In March 2011 he was named the RTS Young Journalist of the Year. Rohit said, ‘I’m so honoured to have won the RTS John Schofield Young Journalist of the Year award. It’s rounded off a busy year for me just as I start my new post in Johannesburg’.



Ciaran Jenkins, 2013 winner
Ciaran Jenkins is currently Channel 4 News’ North of England correspondent, based in Manchester.
Ciaran joined Channel 4 News from the BBC in 2012 and covers a wide range of stories, from home and social affairs to sport and technology, and has reported exclusively for Channel 4 News on international phone hacking scams and police racism.
The judges for the young journalist of the year award particularly highlighted his report from Merthyr Tydfil on unemployment and described Ciaran as an “impressive and entertaining story-teller”.

Peter SmithPeter Smith, 2014 winner
Peter, a former broadcast journalism student at Cardiff University, is a news journalist on STV News’ popular current affairs programme, Scotland Tonight. He joined STV in June 2011.
The award was for Peter’s reporting on the upheavals on the board of troubled Rangers Football Club and a special investigation into the links between cannabis cultivation and people trafficking.
The award’s panel highlighted Glasgow-born Peter’s interview with the former chief executive of Club, Charles Green, adding: “The winner’s dogged refusal to be deflected or deterred marked him out as the winner of this year’s Young Talent Award.”