About me


Mark on the Weardale Way

Oh yes, the bit about me…..I’m a trained and qualified freelance journalist with 20 years of experience in local and national newspapers and magazines.

I’m based in the great city of Bristol, and available for commissions, consultancy and policy work and book projects. Any questions or enquiries I’d like to hear from you.

I specialise in environmental issues, travel, wildlife and international development and trade. I currently write for the Independent on Sunday, the Independent, the Daily Telegraph, Geographical and several BBC titles, including BBC Countryfile, where I am contributing editor. I write for several serious and respected trade magazines, such as the Petroleum Review and Janes Airport Review.

I’m self motivated and inquisitive, and I have a curiosity and wonder of life that means I consistently come up with ideas that editors seem to like. It goes without saying that I write accurately, to length, to editors’ briefs and never miss a deadline. I even have that old-fashioned skill, shorthand.

I have a degree in English, Russian and Czech, and a post-graduate degree in journalism from City University in London.

If you must know more, the Grimsby Evening Telegraph is where it all began, covering council meetings, fishing disasters and local talent competitions, before passing my NCTJ exams. I then travelled to London, via a national news agency, to the BBC, then the Daily Mail and finally the Independent titles. I was a staff reporter at the Indy for four years. Many would think that the dream job, and it was, but I still gave it up to go freelance.

Every day is different. In a typical week I might write a walking feature, investigate what the airline industry is doing to cut emissions, write about global population trends, rare earth metals in North Korea and the world marbles championships. In a good week I get to travel, either around the UK or abroad.

Photo: Steve Morgan