I started my career as a trainee journalist on the Southend Evening Echo. It provided me with an exceptional grounding in my craft and I thank my editor, the late Jim Worsdale for giving me the opportunity to prove myself at such a young age. Joining the paper directly from sixth form college I’d achieved my NCTJ Proficiency Test by the time I was 20, covering news (including Crown Court) before moving to the paper’s features desk.
Over the years my Westminster Press training has held me in good stead such as when I covered Naomi Campbell’s privacy case challenge against the Mirror at the House of Lords for the Guardian (in the interests of transparency, I’d previously been a commissioning editor on The Mirror). But that particular story was a far cry from the first time I covered magistrates court for the Echo, when the defendent jumped out of the dock and tried to make a run for it. He was soon caught and I had my first exciting court despatch!
It was on the Evening Echo that I also interviewed my first celebrity, the one and only Donny Osmond (please Google if you are under 30!). But having an education in media law, local and central government as well as impressive shorthand and typing skills ensured I was always prepared for whatever was thrown my way.
My CV is available on request but publications I write or have written for include:
I am currently freelancing regularly for OK! magazine in the UK. Some of my celebrity covers can be seen by clicking here. For pdf’s of my work please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Standout writing assignments include flying to Tanzania in 2013, with the charity Save The Children, to report on their First Born campaign.
Based in Los Angeles from 2007 to 2013 I covered the film and entertainment industry. My LA Diary film blog (documenting my script-writing and film-making) was published on the Guardian website.
An MPAA accredited journalist, I covered the Hollywood movie junket circuit reporting from red carpets, press conferences and round tables, as well as one-to-one interviews.
While in Hollywood, I profiled some of the most famous people in the world, including Hugh Jackman, Drew Barrymore, Daniel Craig, Charlize Theron, Chris Hemsworth, Keanu Reeves, Lisa Marie Presley, Cate Blanchett, Jennifer Garner, Jennifer Aniston, Kate Beckinsale, Gerard Butler, Cameron Diaz, Kristen Stewart, Bruce Willis, Orlando Bloom, Dame Julie Andrews, Kiera Knightley, Lisa Kudrow, Betty White, Chloe Moretz, Reese Witherspoon, Kate Hudson, Mila Kunis, Kristin Davis, Jessica Simpson, William Shatner and Miranda Kerr.
And finally – just like the news – I am an on-screen film pundit and have moderated on-camera interviews. Click here for an example of my work for The Guardian.