The first thing to say I guess is that I've been at this a while. I began the old-fashioned way in the mid-noughties, coming up through weekly and evening newspapers before moving into broadcasting. I spent six years in regional TV, reporting for both ITV and the BBC. Along the way, I picked up a few awards, including ITV's Reporter of the Year for my coverage of the 2006 Ipswich murders. I was also part of the ITN team nominated for an RTS award for the same story.
In 2008 I moved to Sky News, spending nearly five years on the road as a reporter, covering domestic and international stories. In 2012 I took a sabbatical and travelled to Afghanistan with BFBS (British Forces Broadcasting Service). I wanted to report from a warzone and this small, niche, broadcaster, with its close links to the military, provided the chance to embed with the troops at operating bases across Helmand. It was an incredible experience and in 2014 I joined the company full-time as a video journalist.
Since then, I've spent five years in Cyprus, living and working from RAF Akrotiri, and travelled to dozens of countries filming the military, from Iraq to Afghanistan and Somalia. I've produced a series on Climate Change; flown on and off four US aircraft carriers, and chased a U-2 spyplane down a runway in California. I've also had bit parts in the BBC series Spooks, the film Military Wives, and my role reporting on the Suffolk Murders was portrayed in the award-winning play and film London Road.
Nowadays, as well as covering general military stories, I'm also the defence technology reporter at British Forces News. My remit covers developments across the world from new weaponry to advances in autonomous vehicles, and virtual reality training. If you have a story then please get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org.