I have been working as a journalist and researcher for nearly 25 years. It wasn’t a career I planned but happened via a youthful involvement in political campaigning.
As a teenager in the 1980s I was a political activist, involved in – among other things – the anti-fascist movement. My first job was as an elected area convenor for the National Union of Students before I went on to work for the anti-fascist organisation Searchlight, where I trained as a journalist on their monthly magazine.
At Searchlight I was involved in many investigations into the far-right over the years and became editor of the magazine. I have had articles published in numerous publications, including the New York Times and London’s Time Out magazine. I have worked as a researcher on several television and radio documentaries.
In the early 1990s I worked in the North East of England doing anti-racist and anti-fascist work.
I have been a member of the National Union of Journalists since 1989.
I have spoken at countless meetings across Britain and also in Europe and the United States on the topics of racism, fascism and antisemitism. I have also given written and oral evidence to two Parliamentary inquiries into racism and antisemitism. The most recent was the 2006 All-Party Parliamentary Inquiry into Antisemitism in the UK.
In total I spent nearly 20 years involved in one way or another with Searchlight, which is why many of the articles on this site first appeared in Searchlight Magazine.
From 2007-2012 I worked as a freelance journalist in the voluntary sector. Among other things I have worked for the trade union journal RMT News, as a website editor for the sports charity StreetGames and as deputy editor of HOPE not hate magazine HOPE not hate
I no longer work freelance and currently work for a trade union as a communications officer.