Summer Reading

Normally around this time of year, I'd stocking up on books ready to jet off somewhere and get lost in other people's stories, whilst continually topping up the factor 50. The jetting off might not have happened but I still feel like I've managed to get through just as many books. Since I posted my Lockdown Reading recommendations, I've continued to whizz through books at a rate of knots and it...

FA Cup Memories

I was really pleased to be asked to write about some of my favourite FA Cup Memories for the FA Cup factfile website. Not only was it nice to have an excuse to talk about football when there's not any happening at the moment, it was also nice to relive some matches that I haven't thought about for a little while. You can read my memories, as well as those of some of the most distinguished...

Face behind the voice

Gearing up for hosting my own cricket show is exciting and has also involved just as much promo as it has prep work for what we'll be doing every Saturday on the radio. One of the things I got to do was be a part of the Radio Times' 'Face behind the voice' feature. It's an iconic part of the magazine and one that many broadcasters get excited about, so I feel pretty lucky. It was great to chat...

An Australian Adventure

I'm already planning my next trip... I've always wanted to go down under. Watching the cricket, it always felt like a vague dream that one day I'd save up and go. I think the thing that really brought it to life for me was reading Paige Toon's books (check out my previous post on visiting places from my favourite books here.) The first Paige Toon book I read was Chasing Daisy. I picked it up in...

I Heart New York

I finally got to wake up in the city that never sleeps... It's strange visiting New York for the first time. It feels like I know it so well, seeing it so often in films, on TV, the iconic landmarks. But at the same time, it still felt new and alien in the most wonderful way. Whilst visiting, I got to take a walk around central park, take in the view from the Empire State building, visit the...

What I’ve been up to…

Being a journalist means I get to meet a lot of interesting people and hear their stories. It also means that I'm so busy working, I often don't have time to write about what I'm doing on here. It would be impossible to share all of the stories on here (that's why you should be listening and following BBC Essex) but I'm very proud of some of the work I've created. Even though I work for the...

Election 2017 coverage

Having learned I would be out and about covering my first election for BBC Essex for the County Council in May, suddenly there was also the small matter of a General Election looming. For the local election coverage, I reported overnight from Colchester on the divisions in this area. It was a case of juggling radio reports, gathering pictures and videos for social media and trying to grab a word...

INTERNATIONAL SERIES GAME 15- Jacksonville Jaguars 30 Indianapolis Colts 27

  After winning the @NFLUK-sponsored NCTJ sports diploma award, @CfJKent alumna @VictoriaPolley reports from Wembley — NCTJ (@NCTJ_news) October 5, 2016 I was lucky enough to attend the NFL match between Jacksonville Jaguars and Indianapolis Colts at Wembley as part of an NCTJ prize. It was the first NFL match I had ever attended, let alone reported on and it was a great experience. It...

#FemaleFlashlight – The Eighth Wonder Programme

I was very flattered to be asked to be a #FemaleFlashlight featured as part of a new initiative launched to encourage young girls to go into sports leadership. I am very passionate about sport and have dedicated a lot of time to volunteering for various organisations who promote sports coverage over the years, as well as partaking in activities myself. You can read my blog on the site here and...