I am an award-winning British journalist reporting from Asia. In the last decade I’ve worked across print, television and radio with my stories appearing in outlets around the world including the BBC, The Guardian, New Statesman, Al Jazeera English, The Christian Science Monitor, Foreign Policy, Monocle, Nikkei Asian Review, Scroll.in and The Indian Express.
Before going freelance I worked as a Southeast Asia correspondent for Agence France-Presse (AFP), covering Thailand, Myanmar, Cambodia, Vietnam and Laos from my base in Bangkok. During the last few years I’ve reported on stories including the Rohingya migrant exodus, Myanmar’s general elections and the landmark Khmer Rouge trials. Earlier I was an editor and reporter for the agency at its Asia-Pacific headquarters in Hong Kong.
I didn’t set out to become a journalist. I was a medical student at University College London (UCL) before a year studying the politics and cultures of Southeast Asia convinced me to change course. I graduated with a first class degree in medical sciences and anthropology, later specialising in South Asia through a Master’s in social anthropology at Oxford University.
I first discovered the joy of chasing a story as a reporter at The Indian Express in New Delhi, returning to London after a year when I was selected from more than 2,500 applicants for the BBC’s Journalism Trainee Scheme. This led to my next job as a political producer for BBC London TV, scrutinising the work of then Mayor Boris Johnson and unravelling the impact of national policies, from welfare reform to free schools, on the capital.
In May 2016 I was part of an AFP team recognised with a special merit Human Rights Press Award in Hong Kong for our coverage of the Rohingya migration crisis the previous year. In 2009 I won the Guardian International Development Journalism Award for a feature exploring how nomadic communities in northern Kenya are adapting to climate change. And a few months ago my video and text feature on Malaysia’s hijab cosplayers was long-listed in the popular features category of the One World Media awards.
My favourite stories during my time in Asia include an investigation into the underground world of street racing in Hong Kong, a feature about the African entrepreneurs making it big in China and covering the groundbreaking 2018 election win by Malaysia’s opposition.