Who am I?

I am a freelance Broadcast Journalist, currently at BBC Radio Sheffield. I am also working on my final project for my MA Broadcast Journalism course at the University of Sheffield. 

I have a passion for telling stories, and up to this point, I have been completely self taught. 

I've always enjoyed presenting and being in front of a camera. Whether it was making radio shows in my bedroom with the best free software I could find, or making my mum film me as I presented "Greece Watch" on our trip to Skiathos when I was 11 years old, broadcast journalism has always been something I've wanted to do. 

I grew up in Sheffield in a single-parent household and in an lower income area of the city, but thanks to the tenacity of my mum, I was able to go Notre Dame High School, complete my A-Levels, and be the first person in my family to go to university aged 18. 

I graduated from Sheffield Hallam University in 2012 with a 2:1 BA (Hons) History degree, and worked in various jobs since that time. I've worked as a shop assistant in Sainsbury's, a Societies Coordinator at Sheffield Hallam Students' Union, maternity cover at the British Tinnitus Association, and a Programmes Assistant at the University of Sheffield. 

These roles involved speaking with people on a daily basis, and through these years of work, I've been able to create a unique brand of customer service that enable me to build rapport quickly and effectively. A skill I use daily as a journalist. 

I have also performed improvised comedy for over a decade, and joined The Antics Improvised Comedy Troupe in 2016. We perform regular shows in Sheffield, and the troupe has previously performed at the Edinburgh Fringe. Improv comedy means fast thinking, and adapting to situations. The skills I've learned through comedy have been essential to my journalism. 

I pride myself on being friendly, being able to build rapport and trust quickly, and having a unique brand of interviewing and journalism that I have created and adapted over the years.