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I am a talented writer with experience in a variety of fields. I have been involved in journalism since I was teenager and writing is my passion. I have a huge wealth of experience and have reported on many different subjects in a variety of styles. I continue to write editorial pieces both by-lined and as a ghost writer for organisations. I started my journalism career in local newspapers before transitioning to writing and producing for a global audience during my time at the BBC.

I have authored many creative pieces, worked overseas, and have taken on many beats and specialisms including that of history, science and the social and tech beat. I am now freelance and have written for The Guardian, The Washington Post, The New Humanitarian, World of Topia, New Humanist, Rotary International Magazine, The Lead and more.

Called the wrong name at work? Awkward...

When a colleague told me my name autocorrected to Dorito and they were seconds away from calling me a tortilla…

PHOTO CREDIT: BBC.COM
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International Women's Day: Illustrating the Covid-19 pandemic

There's barely any country in the world that hasn't been touched by the coronavirus pandemic and its aftershocks.

PHOTO CREDIT: DR RADHIKA PATNALA/SCI ILLUSTRATE/BBC
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The 'brown girls' out to conquer instagram

There's a sisterhood emerging on Instagram and it's one made up of young women from around the globe who proudly identify as "brown girls" - but who are they and what is it that they want?

PHOTO CREDIT: SANJANA NAGESH
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How to become an ‘elastic thinker’ and problem solver

Why your mind should be like a rubber band. Every day at the Alliance Rubber Company’s factory in Hot Springs…

PHOTO CREDIT: KINDEL MEDIA
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What’s it like when your job involves wading through others’ suffering? I was left weeping and hopeless

Psychologists call it ‘vicarious trauma’ – the result of witnessing too much misery, even if you’re not experiencing it first hand. And it can affect anyone, from war correspondents to legal professionals and interpreters

PHOTO CREDIT: DHRUTI SHAH
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The place where dead eagles are given a new life

“The eagle is America’s national bird but when these revered creatures die, who takes care to ensure they end up in the right hands?

PHOTO CREDIT: BBC.COM
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'Somebody answered my dead brother's number'

When a loved one dies, it is often hard to let go and many people try to maintain a connection any way they can. For some, it can be by visiting a grave, posting on a Facebook memorial page or even texting them.

PHOTO CREDIT: DANIELLE DUMMER
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The quest to make the outdoors more diverse and inclusive

Walking in the dark through ancient woodlands with no cellphone service is scary, but by focusing on the ghostly outline of the person in front of me, I find I can keep the pace.

PHOTO CREDIT: ELIZABETH DALZIEL
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Five animals to spot in a post-Covid financial jungle

As the world moves towards a post-Covid era, economic recovery has become the top priority for governments and businesses alike, and what has become clear is financial literacy and education has become a necessity.

PHOTO CREDIT: DOMINIC BAILEY
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Other articles I have written...

Rotary International Magazine: Lebanon Club Channels the Power of Peace

Hyphen Online: I'm not a typo so why does autocorrect keep changing my name

Rotary International Magazine: Interspecies Diplomat

Oxford Forum, Resurgence: The power of a phone

New Humanist: How the cuppa changed the world

The Guardian: I gave up wanting to belong and embraced being a maverick. I have never felt more free

The Washington Post: The quest to make the outdoors more diverse and inclusive

The New Humanitarian: Who helps the helpers? Earthquakes put spotlight on aid workers' needs

World of Topia: A Bestiary of Birds Who Mean Business 

The Guardian: What’s it like when your job involves wading through others’ suffering? I was left weeping and hopeless

World of Topia: A Tapestry of Black History

BBC News: The shops that connect people with their home countries

G20 Global Land Initiative: Field Trip: Recultivation of Hambuch Open Cast Mine and Sophienhohe

The Lead: Blackouts are coming. I'd rather be prepared than in the dark

The New Arab: Culture: Sam Naz's Liberté pays welcome homage to Britain’s first Muslim war heroine Noor Inayat Khan

The New Arab: Bookclub: The Newlyweds: A rare insight into modern love in India

MVSLIM: ‘Liberté’ Gives Britain’s First Muslim War Heroine the Recognition She Deserves

The Guardian: A moment that changed me: I grew my leg hair - and found my self-confidence

BBC Business: Boom time for dog walkers, sitters and trainers

BBC News: Molesey Lock: Lightning-strike selfie lands siblings in hospital

BBC Business: Five animals to spot in a post-Covid financial jungle

BBC Science: International Women’s Day: Illustrating the Covid-19 pandemic

BBC US election: US election: Are older Trump voters sticking with him?

BBC Business: Rishi Sunak’s ‘Kickstart’ jobs scheme: Back to the future?

BBC Business: ‘I just designed a destruction of a life’

BBC News: Coronavirus: ‘I’m out of hospital, but I have to remember to breathe’

BBC News: Coronavirus: The volunteers feeding the NHS

BBC News: Coronavirus: ‘I’ve had to cancel my wedding’

BBC Health: Nurse’s request for premature baby sleeves is viral hit

BBC America: ‘My boyfriend dumped me but how do I tell my cat?’

BBC America: Does the US have a problem with topless women?

BBC America: Mississippi mum and dad graduate on same day just before son

BBC America: What we can all learn from this deathbed photo

BBC America: Ending stigma and shame over sanitary pads

BBC America: US women upset by random baby congratulations cards

BBC America: Inside America’s Aladdin’s cave of dead animals

BBC Canada: This gran picked up road kill to create the perfect armchair

BBC America: Why this woman hates to hear about the ‘big bad wolf’

'People come for the selfies but won't pay $2 for pizza'

BBC America: What can these caps tell us about children and race

BBC America: ‘Somebody answered my dead brother’s number’

BBC America: Snopes: How do you survive 25 years debunking fake news?

BBC America: Yak loose in Virginia after escaping transport to the butchers

BBC America: Bridal party delivers aid to Hurricane Dorian-hit Bahamas

BBC America: Virginia couples challenge laws requiring them to declare their race

BBC UK: The love letters returned after 70 years thanks to Facebook romantics

BBC Trending: Are you in your 30s and facing ‘the swerve’?

BBC America: ‘If you want unsolicited advice, get pregnant’

BBC World: Chinese vlogger who used filter to look younger caught in live-stream glitch

BBC Science: What’s a ‘Science Princess’ doing in an ice field in Alaska?

BBC US: Cartoon scavenger hunts brighten Portland

BBC Trending: Iran police arrest 30 at private yoga class

BBC Trending: Tesla ‘hires’ witty museum tweeter

BBC Trending: TFBoys: Wang Yuan sorry over illegal smoking

BBC Health: ADHD: ‘The web comics that show what my life is like’

BBC Business: Holiday fraud: ‘How we were caught out’

BBC Business: How a bookshop wolf handles awkward customers

BBC Business: The real-life Marie Kondos who will come to your home

BBC Business: AI and spices: Would you put cumin on a pizza?

BBC Innovators: The female pilot teaching African women to fly

BBC News: An A-Z guide to Business Beasts

How did my cheap shoes lead to peace?

BBC Business: Is a peace scholarship worth pursuing?

BBC Business: Just the job: when interviews go wrong

BBC Business: Sending a postcard from Timbuktu – without leaving home

BBC Entertainment: David Bowie: Your tributes to the Star man

BBC Business: Fat Cat Tuesday: The pawful truth

BBC World: Migrant crisis: ‘I want to go to Germany’

BBC World: China’s one child policy: Your stories

BBC World: Your Wolf Encounters

BBC World: Desi beats: Giving Indian aunties a pop art twist

BBC UGC: Charles Kennedy and I: Your memories

BBC UGC: Fifa crisis: Football fans’ reactions

BBC UGC: Palmyra in pictures: A Syrian site under threat

BBC Democracy Day: A Week in Protests

BBC Social News: You Draw the News 2014

BBC News: As it happened: Obama addresses nation on fight against IS

BBC Entertainment: Novel ambition: Can a one-day course get you a book deal?

BBC Health: Shenley Hospital: Life Under Observation (winner of BBC Newsroom original journalism competition)

BBC Health: Compassionate care: Nurse stories

BBC History: How Royal births have been announced

BBC History: Culture wars: why attack history

BBC History: Prince Albert's cultural legacy: Albertopolis

BBC Business: Young workers: ‘Never forget your dreams’

BBC UGC: London Metropolitan University: Overseas students react

BBC UGC: Lightning strike survivor: we thought we were on fire

BBC UGC: London 2012 celebrations around the globe

BBC UGC: Eurozone crisis: Global reactions

BBC Science: Mammoths’ extinction not due to inbreeding, study finds

BBC News: Antarctic mission: Who was Captain Lawrence Oates?

BBC UGC: Japan quake: ‘I’m not worried about the radiation’

BBC UGC: Dementia care: Your stories

BBC UGC: Greece referendum twists: Your stories

BBC UGC: Kenya’s Mau Mau uprising: Your stories

BBC UGC: Ivory Coast crisis: ‘Gunfire all the time in Abidjan’

BBC UGC: Libya unrest: voices from Misrata

BBC UGC: How music-buying habits have changed

BBC Magazine: Is the UK uniquely bad at coping with snow?

BBC News: UK cyber security plans ‘essential for strong defence’

BBC News: Families torn over reliving 7/7 horrors at inquest

BBC News: Oxfordshire town sees human waste used to heat homes

BBC News: CCTV site Internet Eyes hopes to help catch criminals

BBC News: Hyde Park sees protest and praise expressed for Pope

BBC News: Pope visit: Crowd’s reaction to Twickenham Big Assembly

BBC News: World War II horrors faced by ‘forgotten army’ in Asia

BBC News: Growing up with guns and knives

BBC News: Searching for an abducted child

BBC News: German victory over England does not impress sunbathers

BBC News: BA seat policy made man ‘feel like a child molester’

BBC News: BA compensates man ‘humiliated’ over child seat policy

BBC News: Councils face where the deep budget cuts must fall

BBC News: Recycling rewards on offer in Windsor and Maidenhead

BBC News: Bletchley Park archive to go online

BBC UK: Jimmy Mizen’s family try to build peace from his murder

BBC Magazine: Will we switch to gas made from human waste

BBC UK: Heathrow skies silenced by Iceland volcanic ash cloud

BBC World (Live Page): As it happened: Moscow Metro bombings

BBC News: Long wait for dream career in the Metropolitan Police

BBC News: ‘Jigsaw man’ butchered by lodger who wanted his life

BBC News: Earthquake in Haiti brings UK community together

BBC News: Mexico’s ‘giant underwater museum’

BBC News: Lexicographers prefer a mankini

BBC Panorama: The fight for the right to object

BBC Magazine: Missing…from afar

BBC News: Council to build houses of straw

BBC News: Go-ahead for new Heathrow expansion

BBC Magazine: In the lap of the council

BBC Magazine: How are estate agents surviving?

BBC News: Fewest UK bricks made since 1940s

BBC Radio 1 Newsbeat: Warnings about bad body piercing

BBC Radio 1 Newsbeat: School sex clinics prove popular

BBC Radio 1 Newsbeat: Setting up lapdancing clubs ‘is easy’

The Guardian: The chapati’s over…

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