How long have you worked at the FT and what do you cover?
I have been at the FT since the glory days of the dotcom bubble – the previous one, in 1999. Since then I have written about everything from UK technology, collapsing US airlines, to the Bush White House in the aftermath of the Iraq war. After editing the FT’s oped pages during the financial crisis, I took over last June as Editor of the FT Weekend.
What made you want to be a journalist?
Curiosity and a wise decision not to stay in British politics.
Your greatest scoop?
Interviewing Barack Obama in June 2004, before he was the Democratic candidate for the Senate.
Most bizarre part of your journalism career?
I was once sent an axe through the post during the dotcom bubble as a freebie.
Current top stories/trends from your area?
The re-launched FT Weekend magazine had a truly brilliant cover in early April on the astronauts of planet earth, timed to the anniversary of Yuri Gagarin’s first space flight. A great testimony to the global reach of the FT – correspondents interviewed astronauts from 35 of the 38 countries that have sent someone into space.