journalist

&

correspondent

I am available for work as a France or Europe correspondent, or as a reporter on freelance projects.

 

I am equipped with professional audio recording gear and a Sony a7 III camera for top quality photographs and video images. I also have good contacts for camera operators when needed.   

For example, I have been a Europe correspondent for Radio New Zealand National since 2006, doing a 10-minute cross every fortnight into the Nine to Noon programme with Kathryn Ryan.

 

Another recent example of correspondent work in a breaking news situation was being called on to do live reports from the scene of the Notre Dame fire in Paris for BBC World News.

 

Correspondent crosses are possible via telephone or via apps such as Skype. When there are big stories happening, it is also possible to travel and do live crosses and reports on the ground. I can be in Paris, Brussels, Geneva, Milan or Barcelona, for example, in a matter of hours. 

I am also trained in using a smartphone for filming and live reports.

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I have more than 30 years of experience in broadcasting, both in news and features on radio and television, and I am confident that I can face any situation that arises. 

 

I was born and raised in New Zealand, where I worked for Radio New Zealand and Newstalk ZB as a journalist and news presenter, and moved to Europe in 1994.

I worked for the BBC in Bristol as a reporter and producer for four years before heading to France in 1997, going on to work as a presenter, producer and reporter at Radio France International in Paris and then Euronews in Lyon.

As well as my presenting and producing work at Radio France International, I did regular reports from Paris for the BBC World Service programme 'Weekend Europe'. 

I was also a correspondent from New Zealand in 2003 for the BBC World Service programme 'The Ticket'.

I have also made appearances as a freelance journalist in numerous other media including BBC World News television, BBC World Service radio, Deutsche Welle television, the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC), Israel's i24 News, Radio New Zealand and the New Zealand Herald.

Some of the major international news stories I have covered live on radio or television over the years include: the September 11 attacks; the US-led invasion of Afghanistan; the Paris Concorde crash; the capture of Saddam Hussein; the Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami; the London Underground bombings; the death of Pope John Paul II; the Mumbai attacks in 2008; the global financial crisis; the election of Barack Obama; the Iran protests in 2009; the killing of Osama Bin Laden; the Paris terrorist attacks in 2015; the Germanwings plane crash in France; the war in Syria; the election of Donald Trump; the Brexit vote in the UK; and, more recently, the Notre Dame fire in Paris. 

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I am keen on following the major stories but also those off the radar, with great scope in the kinds of stories and features I have been producing over the years. 

 

From coverage on human rights in Europe to lighter features about culture and tourism, I am able to quickly adapt and find the best way to tell the stories. 

I enjoy working locally but also internationally, having reported from different countries including virtually every nation in the EU, the US, China, Japan, South Korea, Singapore, Hong Kong, Brazil, Russia, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan and North Macedonia.   

I have a lot of experience in live presenting and reporting, including many years in radio, and these skills are valuable in breaking news situations, knowing what is needed and where priorities lie. 

 

Thinking on my feet has become second nature to me. It is essential to be able to react quickly, keep a cool head and make the most of the resources and information at hand.

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