I am an experienced news reporter, having worked as a general/investigative reporter at The Sunday Times, and as data reporter at the Telegraph. At The Sunday Times I worked on many major investigations into tax avoidance and public spending. This included the story that revealed that dozens of football players – including Wayne Rooney – were using a complex tax avoidance scheme that allowed them to pay as little as 2% tax on some earnings.
I also worked on the story that revealed JK Rowling to have secretly authored a detective novel under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith. (Our exclusive made headlines all around the world.) And I worked with the Insight team on a major three-part investigation into parliamentary lobbying. Our revelations saw two peers suspended from the Labour party, a third suspended from the Ulster Unionist Party, and forced Conservative MP Tim Yeo to stand down from as chair of an influential select committee.
At the Telegraph I covered the ‘open data’ beat, with a special interest in the myriad privacy concerns that arise due to modern technology and social media. I particularly enjoyed digging up my phone geolocation data for a whole year and turning it into an interactive graphic for this article.
Previously I covered the 2010 general election at The Observer as a freelancer, where I co-wrote a front page story that revealed a top Conservative candidate ran prayer sessions which aimed to ‘cure’ homosexuals by driving out their demons.
Most of my news cuttings are gathered together here as I post them online, but here are another few favourites:
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· The Sunday Times, 16 June 2014
G4S staff to help solve murders
· Front page of The Sunday Times, 14 April 2013
GPs’ private firms grab NHS cash
· Front page of The Sunday Times, 31 March 2013
Cash for Access: Tories accepted £200,000 from Palestinian tycoon
· The Daily Telegraph, 27 March 2012
Cameron’s island bolthole exposed to Osborne’s tax
· The Daily Telegraph, 24 March 2012
Apps spy on text messages and Tap-tap-tapping us all up – mobile apps invade privacy
· Front page (and inside spread), The Sunday Times, 26 February 2012
Top footballers dodge millions in income tax
· Front page of The Sunday Times, 16 January 2011
Councils pile on tax by stealth
· Front page of The Sunday Times, 9 January 2011
Rising Tory star Philippa Stroud ran prayer sessions to ‘cure’ gay people
· Front page of The Observer, 2 May 2010