Investigative Sky News reporter sparks excitement

By Russell Truran

Gerard Tubb

A Sky News journalist who helped police crack the case of “canoe man” John Darwin will be at Leeds Trinity University next week to speak at the annual Journalism Week event.

As the North of England correspondent for Sky News, there is much excitement about Gerard Tubb’s visit.

Felicity Macnamara, 22, a post graduate journalism trainee at Leeds Trinity said: “He’s a really respected broadcaster. When I was working for Ross Parry press agency I met him briefly while working on the Hamzah Khan case. He seemed like a really nice man.”

Gerard has been a correspondent with Sky News since 1993 and during his time has been nominated for the Royal Television Society Scoop of the Year Award and a BAFTA for the Television News Coverage Award for his work on the ‘Canoe Man’ case.

He unearthed emails which were used in the trial of Anne Darwin, the wife of ‘Canoe Man’ John Darwin, and helped to secure her conviction.

Just last year, the CPS decided against prosecuting Gerard deeming that accessing the emails had been “in the public interest”.

Jarad Southall-Martin, 18, another student at Leeds Trinity said: “He’s a very big name on Sky News. He’s an established journalist and I think it’s great that Leeds Trinity have managed to get someone of his stature here for Journalism Week. I look forward to speaking to him and learning from him.”

Click here to listen to Gerard talking about investigative journalism.

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