Experiencing major events from a front seat
Journalism appealed to me from an early age when I realised that to experience major events I was going to need a front seat rather than take part. The recognition of my limited athletic prowess should actually have happened far sooner and anyway hard news proved to be far more interesting than sport. Of late my work has taken me away from big stories and required me to generate news on behalf of my clients (hence Newsmaker) and – touch wood – that has gone really well. There are occasions, though, when I again have the privilege to witness events that will be talked about for decades. The impact of Storm Arwen on lives throughout the North East has been awful, but the dedication of the people working in dreadful conditions to restore their power deserves the utmost respect and we were given a close up view to film.