I have been a journalist in print, radio and television for more than 20 years, the last 10+ specialising in EU policy and legislation in the technology sector — from data protection and privacy to trade agreements; antitrust cases to copyright law; national security to public transparency.
I am originally from Ireland, and after university in Northern Ireland and France, worked in Dublin as a radio journalist. After a few years, I moved to Malta to pursue my career in print media. It was there, editing a national daily paper and covering the Maltese EU accession process, that I became fascinated with EU politics.
A move to the UK for family reasons, saw me working in the tough, but instructive, British newspaper industry, before moving into trade publications, particularly in the tech sector. I set up my own custom publishing company to capitalise on my experience — Figure8media. It was a difficult time for the publishing industry, but the steep learning curve earned me a lot of transferrable skills, and fortunately the company broke even when I sold one of my own publications on to new owners.
After moving to Brussels I carved out a niche in freelance reporting and analysis, and am now one of the most respected commentators on everything inside the Brussels Bubble – from Brexit to security, fundamental rights to disinformation. Combining my insider knowledge with my passion for live communication, I also relish the opportunity to moderate conferences and events of any size!
I then moved to Brussels, where my experience and interests really came together. Since 2009 I have reported on European affairs for a vast array of media, including BBC radio, Middle Eastern television, and some of the biggest names in the global media business – ArsTechnica, The Next Web, ComputerWeekly, Macworld, PCworld and CIO (as part of the renowned IDG News Service team), and The Register.
I have a wealth of experience in navigating the political quagmire of the EU, as well as an address book packed with insider sources and contacts in Brussels. One of my core skills is translating EU policy-speak into understandable English.
I am passionate about the importance of rigorous reporting to society, and believe that ethical journalism should go hand-in-hand with conviction on human rights issues.
I am always looking for new opportunities to work with respected media, so please email me if my profile suits your needs.