Editor, The Financial Times
Roula Khalaf is the first woman to edit the Financial Times – join us online interview with WIJ chair Eleanor Mills. Their discussion will be followed by an audience Q&A. Roula was previously FT deputy editor from 2016 to 2020, overseeing a range of newsroom initiatives and award winning editorial projects and leading a global network of over 100 foreign correspondents.
Before taking up the deputy editor role, Khalaf was the FT’s foreign editor and oversaw the FT’s operations in Europe, Africa and the Middle East. Before that, as Middle East editor, she launched a Middle East edition and led coverage of the Arab Spring. Khalaf was named foreign commentator of the year at the Editorial Intelligence Comment Awards in 2016 and her series on Qatar won the Foreign Press Association’s Feature story of the year in 2013. She joined the FT in 1995 as North Africa correspondent and before that was a staff writer for Forbes magazine in New York.
Presenter, ITN/C5 5 News
Sian Williams has been a broadcast journalist for 35 years, firstly at the BBC as a producer, reporter and presenter and latterly at ITV, ITN and C5.
She presented BBC Breakfast for 11 years, anchored all the main TV news bulletins and hosted R4 shows and doumentaries. Since 2015, she’s been the main presenter of Channel 5 News with prime-time shows on C5 and ITV.
Sian is also a qualified psychological therapist and counsellor (MBACP, MBPsS, MSc). She’s built up hundreds of hours of experience with families, couples, teens and individuals, helping them manage conditions like stress, anxiety, depression, OCD, PTSD, psychosis, self-harm and suicidality. Sian’s currently working in the NHS, in the Psychology Department of a large London teaching hospital, supporting patients with acute cancer conditions and is also an Associate at King’s College, London where she helps students manage their mental health.
Sian’s in the final year of a Professional Doctorate of Counselling Psychology, has published a book (‘Rise: a first aid kit for getting through tough times’) and her research on positive growth and recovery has been peer-reviewed and published in academic journals.
She’s delivered resilience talks and workshops to, among others, Amnesty International, KPMG, March on Stress, King’s College, the BBC, ITV and ITN.
BBC News at Ten
Huw Edwards is a Welsh journalist, presenter, and newsreader. As the BBC News lead presenter for major breaking news in the United Kingdom, Edwards presents BBC News at Ten, the corporation’s flagship news broadcast
Award winning columnist, broadcaster and author
Yasmin Alibhai-Brown is a Ugandan-born British journalist and author, who describes herself as “a leftie liberal, anti-racist, feminist, Muslim…person”. A regular columnist for the i and the London Evening Standard, she is a well-known commentator on immigration, diversity, and multiculturalism issues. Yasmin is an Honorary Committee member of Women in Journalism
Presenter, Today programme Radio4
Justin Webb has worked for the BBC since 1984. He is a former BBC North America Editor and the main co-presenter of BBC One‘s Breakfast News programme. Since August 2009, he has co-presented the Today programme on BBC Radio 4, and also regularly writes for the Radio Times.
Correspondent UK Newsgathering, BBC News
Rianna Croxford is an award-winning correspondent at BBC News. She currently specialises in investigations and reports on domestic and international TV, radio, and digital platforms. Previously, she worked as the BBC’s Community Affairs correspondent, and has also reported for BBC Panorama. Rianna won “New Journalist of the Year” at the British Journalism Awards 2020, and was awarded Gold in the News category at the MHP “30 to Watch” awards for her coverage of the coronavirus pandemic. Prior to this, she worked at the Financial Times while training to become a journalist with the support of the Journalism Diversity Fund after graduating from Cambridge University in 2017.
Political editor, ITV
Robert Peston is presenter and founder of the education charity Speakers for Schools.
He is the Political Editor of ITV News and host of the weekly political discussion show Peston (previously Peston on Sunday). From February 2006 until March 2014, he was the Business Editor for BBC News and Economics Editor from March 2014 to November 2015. He became known to a wider public with his reporting of the late-2000s financial crisis, especially with his scoop on the Northern Rock crisis.
Editor, The Yorkshire Post
James Mitchinson is editor of the Yorkshire Post, “Yorkshire’s National Paper”, as well as Editorial Director of JPI Media Yorkshire where he manages 30 news brands and 100 journalists. James is a fearless champion of local journalism with an intuitive understanding of his readers. His previous roles include Editor of the Sheffield Star, Derbyshire Times and Grantham Local.
Caroline Wyatt is a presenter on BBC Radio 4’s PM programme. Wyatt is bi-lingual in German and was the BBC’s correspondent in Berlin, Moscow and Paris. As a war reporter in the nineties she was in Baghdad during the first Iraq war and covered the Kosovo conflict in the Balkans and later the invasion of Iraq following 9/11.
Being a foreign correspondent was an “all-consuming way of life” packed with extraordinary, often dangerous assignments. In her foreign reporting she tried to give a voice to both sides of the story – as well as pleasing the BBC desk back in London.
Her reporting covered the “crucibles of human experience”. There was one moment Wyatt never forgot and which affected her more than she realised at the time. “We were in a very heavily armoured vehicle, driving down the road in Afghanistan and a little Afghan minibus full of parents and children on their way to a wedding, got impatient. We were moving very slowly, so they drove off the road to overtake us because they were in a hurry to get to the wedding. But they drove over an IED (improvised explosive device) and all four of them were killed, including all the tiny children.”
These experiences required physical energy and mental toughness . Wyatt was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2015. In 2007, she became the BBC’s defence correspondent. “For me, the time had come to put family and friends higher up the agenda.” She later became the BBC’s religion correspondent.
Persistence, persistence and persistence, particularly for women, is the key to a successful career. Don’t take no for an answer – and if you can’t get the job of your dreams, go for something you can get that is similar.
David Livingstone started working in Scottish newspapers in 1972, training on the Outram Group’s local papers and on their Glasgow Herald and Evening Times titles. Continued as a news and crime reporter at the Scottish Daily Express and, in the 1980’s, at the Scottish Daily Record.
In 1987, joined Scottish Television as a production journalist and during that time also wrote about sport in Scotland for The Independent. Moved to England to be part of BSkyB’s football coverage in 1990 and worked as a trackside reporter on the first season of the Premier League two years later.
Switched to golf in 1993 to front Sky’s coverage of the US Tour and stayed in that role for 25 years, hosting countless major championships and 12 Ryder Cups. Retired at the Ryder Cup in Paris in 2018 but continued occasional writing about Golf.
“I am honoured to be an ambassador for the Journalists Charity because I’ve seen first-hand during my own career how many colleagues can find themselves in need of help and support. In my early days in newspapers I attended many memorable Press Fund lunches in Glasgow, featuring renowned speakers from politics and beyond, but in the years that followed I saw how the funds raised at those great occasions were used to make a huge difference in the lives of journalists who’d found themselves in challenging situations. It is a privilege to play a small part in the continuing work of the Journalists Charity.”
Editor-in-chief, Press Gazette
Dominic Ponsford is Media editor at New Statesman Media Group and Editor in chief @pressgazette.
Ponsford has been editor of Press Gazette since December 2006. He completed his NCTJ training at Lambeth College and began his career on the Battle Observer. He then worked as a senior reporter on the Evening Advertiser, Swindon, from 2001 before joining Press Gazette as a reporter in 2003. In 2006, he was highly commended in the writer of the year section of the PPA Awards.