Why Media Tribe?
I’m an Emmy-nominated and duPont Columbia award-winning journalist and filmmaker. I regularly report on Channel 4’s critically acclaimed foreign affairs series Unreported World and their flagship show Dispatches. My work has taken me from the Ebola Zone in Sierra Leone to Iran where I reported on the country’s first ever Islamic online dating institute.
When I’m not in front of the camera for Channel 4, I’m producing and directing for other outlets, most notably David Beckham: For the Love of the Game which aired on BBC1. I also regularly produce debates alongside the World Economic Forum in Davos.
Before chasing my journalism dream, I trained as an accountant with KPMG in Dublin.
My inspiration for Media Tribe
It's a precarious and sometimes hostile time to be a journalist at the moment for various reasons, so I wanted to put something positive out there. Media Tribe is a platform where you can get to know the journalist behind the story, understand why they do what they do and get a profound sense of their integrity. Each episode looks at their journey into the industry, impact they’ve had along the way and some of their most crazy experiences working in the industry. The stories that never quite made it to air!
I’ve had the privilege of working with some of the world’s best journalists who often risk their lives to tell important stories. These people are some of the most decent, indomitable veterans who never want to be the story but yet they’ve so many insane yarns to tell. So in its very basic form, Media Tribe is about the story behind the storytellers.
If you’ve ever wondered what really went through Jon Snow’s mind as he and his cameraman flew alone to a small tribal village with Idi Amin [former President of Uganda and a ruthless dictator]; why Time Magazine included Rana Ayyub of the Washington Post in their ten most threatened journalists in the world list or how Samantha Barry ended up interviewing President Donald Trump in a toilet in Miami during his 2016 campaign trail – then wrap your ears around Media Tribe.
My first guests include Jon Snow – the iconic face of Channel 4 News; Arielle Duhaime-Ross from Vox Media and Rana Ayyub – Global Opinions Writer for the Washington Post. Episodes to follow include BBC’s Evan Davis, Kate Adie and Lyse Doucet, New York Times’ Malachy Browne, CNN’s Senior International Correspondent Nima Elgabir and their SVP of International Newsgathering Deborah Rayner, Oscar nominated ‘Ruth Bader Ginsburg’ Director Julie Cohen, multi award winning photographer Giles Duley, Oscar nominated ‘For Sama’ Director Edward Watts, and Glamour’s Editor-In-Chief Samantha Barry.