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Biography I am Associate Professor in in Journalism in the SACI and an international award winning investigative journalist.


I took my undergraduate & postgraduate degrees at University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, where I was a Lecturer in Journalism & Prog. Director of MSc in Investigative Journalism 2002-16.

Professional Work:

I have researched, produced, directed & presented investigative productions for STV, Channel 4, BBC, Discovery, National Geographic & The Crime & Investigation Network.

My work has focused on crime, intelligence, terrorism & miscarriage of justice cases. My work on the latter category includes 13 years I spent investigating the Robert Brown case which ended with a 25-yr wrongful murder conviction being overturned by Court of Appeal, London, in November 2002.

My journalism has been honoured in national & international awards including: The Paul Foot Award; The British Press Awards; the Scottish BT Media Awards; and The British Film & Television Academy. I was the first British journalist to be awarded an American IRE (Investigative Reporters and Editors) honour in the Special Award category for my lifetime’s investigative work on miscarriages of justice.

I have also been awarded certificates in the annual Teaching Excellence Awards, following nominations by his students for 7 years in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2019.

I founded Scotland’s first Innocence Project at University of Strathclyde in 2007-8 & Chaired national INUK conferences.

In July 2012, I joined the Council of JUSTICE Scotland. In April 2013 I also gave expert evidence to the Scottish Parliament and The House of Lords on Investigative Journalism.

I have chaired international conferences regularly for the International Network of Street Papers (INSP) which publishes the UK's 'Big Issue'.

Recently, I have investigated & presented investigations for BBC Radio Scotland. In May 2013 I presented a landmark 1hr BBC Radio 4 production ' Heroes and Hacks' on Watergate's 40th anniversary.

I regularly review the media on BBC Radio Scotland and contribute to various productions. I also collaborate with independent production companies, including Matchlight, who have optioned one of my Esquire magazine investigations for a feature film in collaboration with Creative Scotland.

In January 2020 I was awarded a JFK Library and Foundation Hemingway research Grant to conduct archival research in Boston examining the Hemingway Collection in pursuit of a new book on the author's output and life.
Research Interests My research currently focuses on:

i. Investigative Journalism: As a genre; its continuing evolution and impact national and internationally.

ii. Watergate: Its impact on journalism; Its continuing relevance.

iii. Journalism and Technology.

iv. The teaching of journalism/investigative journalism: Exploring new methodologies and approaches.

v. The continuing impact of investigative journalism on miscarriage of justice issues.

vi. Coverage of US politics in the UK and abroad.

vii. The journalism and life of Ernest Hemingway, with particular reference to his career and life during and after WWII.
Teaching and Learning I teach on the BA UG degree in Journalism. Current modules include:

Social Media (Yr 1)
Public Affairs for Journalists (Yr 2)
Investigative Journalism (Yr 3).

I also teach on the BA Mass Communications degree including the module:

Social Media and Analytics (Yr2)

I am teaching on the MA Journalism Degree:

Literary Journalism


SACI School Leader for Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) 2018-19

SACI Leader in Journalism 2018-19.