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Former News Of The World reporter Chris Tate has 25 years extreme journalistic experience. He has covered every aspect of tabloid news from the birth of Big Brother to Devil Dogs, the Dunblane Massacre and the Death of Diana.
Based in the North for the NoTW, he was also assistant news editor of the Sunday People in Canary Wharf. He now freelances for a range of national publications.
Marianne Jones, deputy editor of women’s weekly glossy Grazia, is a former student of Leeds Trinity back in the day when it was know as Trinity and All Saints’ College!
Joining Grazia before launch, she has been on the title for eight years, and counting. Before that she was editor of More magazine, launched M magazine for the Daily Mirror, and was features editor on Marie Claire.
Her career began in local papers and her first job in London was as a junior writer on Woman magazine, when Grant Mitchell on the cover used to shift 800,000 copies.
Vanessa is the Olympics correspondent at the FT and also edits the paper’s online Olympics content. Her hybrid role involves reporting and coordinating the FT’s web coverage of the games. She joined the paper in 2010 as the world news desk researcher, after a brief stint at Bloomberg TV.
Vanessa is Canadian but came to the UK three years ago, when she gained a Masters in Journalism from Goldsmiths College in London.
Since leaving Leeds Trinity proudly clutching his Sports Journalism degree, Gareth Topham has been a freelance sports commentator, most notably for William Hill. His achievements have included working for the BBC as a race-reader at the 2011 Grand National, as well as working for Channel 4. Gareth has also commentated in Australia and America, the latter in front of a crowd of 48,000.
Jonathan Wall is Deputy Controller and Commissioning Editor of 5 live and 5 Live sports extra and has been in the 5 Live management team since 2008. He oversees the day-to-day running and scheduling of the station, and commissions news, sport and entertainment programmes from independent production companies.
He has also been part of the management team migrating 5 Live to its new home at MediaCity UK, in Salford Quays where the station started broadcasting from in September 2011.
Previously he was editor in BBC Radio sport where he was responsible for overseeing flagship 5 Live output such as the Olympics, Wimbledon, 5 live sport and the football World Cup in Germany and Japan/S Korea.
Jonathan has been at the BBC since 1994. His first job was as a presenter at BBC Radio Humberside, where he also hosted Rugby League phone-ins. He has also been a researcher on Match Of The Day and Grandstand, before joining Radio 5 Live as a producer in 1998.
Tim Singleton is Foreign Editor at ITN. He began his TV career at ITV Yorkshire, having studied at Leeds University. Since moving to ITN, he has held a variety of positions and covered a number of major stories, including the Indian earthquake and Boxing Day Tsunami.
Sandeep Sidhu is a news assistant at ITN and will talk about what it takes to get that all important first job
27th February to 1st March 2012