I am a writer, journalism professor, media trainer and communications analyst. That keeps me fairly busy.
Most of my work is channelled through my company Clear Europe, which I am Managing Director of. We provide journalism and communications training and writing and editing services. We also organise study trips to the EU capital and make corporate videos.
In addition to that I am an Adjunct Professor at the University of Missouri School of Journalism – the world’s oldest J-school – and director of their Brussels programme. This involves finding internships for up to 25 students each term and teaching on EU media and politics. I give lectures in Missouri twice a year and taught a class on international reporting on campus in Autumn 2012. I also teach a Master’s course at the IHECS school of communications in Brussels and have been a course leader and guest lecturer at the European Journalism Centre for over 15 years. Others schools I have lectured at include the College of Europe in Bruges, Sciences-Po in Lille, Utrecht Hoogeschool and BYU in Utah.
Before turning to teaching, training and communications I reported on European affairs for 12 years for European Voice, Time Magazine and from 2002-2006 as Chief European Correspondent for United Press International. I have also written for the New York Times, Politico, International Herald Tribune, Washington Times, Wall Street Journal, Guardian and Independent newspapers and Foreign Policy Magazine. In 2010 I won an Erasmus Euro-Media Award for Opinion Corner, an e-magazine I edit.
My publications include “Reporting Brussels” – a handbook for journalists now in its fifth edition – and contributions to the Time Out and Virgin travel guides to Belgium. I also helped research a book on French President Francois Hollande’s communications policy and co-authored a chapter for a book on European correspondents due to be published in Summer 2014.
I was educated at the London School of Economics – where I studied history and politics – and worked as a political advisor in the House of Commons, the European Commission and European Parliament before becoming a journalist. I have also been an English teacher in Prague and lived in Norway. I was born and brought up in Wales, although Brussels is my adopted home. I speak French and Spanish and enjoy cooking, travelling, reading and watching rugby