Leading Sky News reporter: Brexit will require journalists to challenge authority

By Tom Connell

Sky’s award-winning North of England correspondent Gerard Tubb is returning to speak at Leeds Trinity University’s Journalism Week for a second time.

Gerard has covered several high profile stories in Leeds alone in recent years, most notably reporting to viewers that kidnap victim Shannon Matthews had been found even before West Yorkshire police had formally identified her.

Gerard began his career in local radio before moving into television. He believes that the role of journalists is to hold power to account. He explained that this is something that is not being done successfully currently.

He said: “We have a responsibility as journalists and I think we have been found wanting.” He believes challenging authority is extremely important in light of Brexit and the outcome of the US election.

During his 22 years with Sky News, Gerard uncovered evidence used in court cases and prompted the retirement of a senior government minister. His work has earned him a BAFTA nomination and New York Festivals Investigative Journalism Award.

Gerard has not been one to play things safe during his time with Sky News. He played a central role in an email scandal in 2008 when he accessed emails belonging to John Darwin, famous for faking his own death. The action was later deemed to be in the public interest.

He’s now eager to pass on his wisdom, collected over three decades of journalism, to a new generation of aspiring trainees.

He said: “I’m passionate about journalism, I want to be able to pass on some of my experience and inspire young people.”

Gerard’s career has seen him report on stories from around the world, including the North face of Everest but he has always returned back to the North of England.

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