I’m a journalist, author and documentary-maker.
My latest podcast series for BBC Sounds and BBC Radio 4 is Room 5 – a series that explores what happens when our minds and bodies behave in ways we don’t understand. The idea for this series came from my own shock diagnosis which I have written about here. You can listen to the series on BBC Sounds.
In 2019, I wrote, produced and presented Tunnel 29 – a BBC podcast series about a group of students who dug a tunnel under the Berlin Wall in 1962. The podcast has had over 6m downloads and was listed by The New Yorker as one of their top five podcasts of 2019. It won the Foreign Press Association’s Podcast of the Year, Rose D’Or Best Audio Entertainment and Best Radio Podcast and Moment of the Year at the British Podcast Awards.
Tunnel 29, the book, was published in August, 2021, by Hodder Books. The TV rights were bought by Sister productions and the series will be directed by Johan Renck (dir. Chernobyl.) The Times described the book as ‘a fantastic story, exceedingly well told…more gripping than a thriller. The story arc, through betrayal and disaster to triumph, is perfect.’
I’ve worked as a reporter all over the world, with long stints in Jerusalem, Egypt and Washington DC. I’ve spent time with resistance fighters on the frontline in Libya, reported on the Egyptian uprising from Cairo, interviewed protesters in Yemen, investigated illegal fishing in Sierra Leone and covered Obama’s re-election campaign.
In 2014, I co-created The Inquiry podcast – a weekly current affairs programme which explores the most contentious issues of our times. I hosted the show for the next four years, reporting on everything from Islamic State to Artificial Intelligence, climate change and the 2008 banking crisis. In 2017 it won Best Current Affairs podcast at the British Podcast Awards.
I live in London with my writer-husband and two children, where I spend my time making podcasts, writing, and playing the piano (and the accordion when no-one’s around…)