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We're living in strange and difficult times. The coronavirus outbreak has impacted all of us in some way or another. Whether it be changes to how we work, children being at home or finding new ways to interact with friends or family we can't see. One of the changes for me has been that I'm now presenting a programme on BBC Essex 6-10pm across the weekend. It's not a sport show, it's playing...

Behind the scenes at Essex…

Ah. The Summer of 2018. The sun shone, Gareth Southgate got us all falling in love with England at a major tournament again (so near, but yet so far) and I made my presenting debut on BBC Essex. It was a pleasure to stand in and present 'Around the Wicket' on a Saturday afternoon, and in the process get to go behind the scenes at Essex.

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...

Negligence claim mum ‘will never forgive’ Colchester Hospital

On Monday 11th April 2016, I produced an exclusive report and three hour programme for BBC Essex centred around clinical negligence claims. I put in a Freedom of Information request on how much money hospitals in the East of England had paid out due to medical mistakes that had been. As part of the investigation, I met Ellie Sutton and her family, who were awarded £5.5m because of an error in...

The lessons we should learn from the Holocaust

Today is Holocaust Memorial Day, dedicated to the remembrance of the six million Jews brutally killed during World War 2 and the many more that suffered throughout. This year's Holocaust Memorial Day marks 71 years since the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau and I think this quote from Mark Pigott, writing in the International Business Times, sums up how we can use the lessons from the...

ICC World Cricket comes to Essex

Essex has long been a hotbed of great cricketing talent. But this week the county has also been home to some lesser known names - from teams such as Suriname, Botswana, Fiji and Saudi Arabia. They are competing in the ICC World Cricket Division 6, which is taking place at local cricket clubs across the county. I went to West Mersea to find out more, where Vanuatu were playing Norway. Listen below...