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60 seconds with John Gapper

How long have you worked at the FT and what do you cover?

I started in May 1987. I cover business and markets and sort of everything that the FT covers, except politics.

What made you want to be a journalist?

Actually, I was 21-years-old and I couldn’t think of anything else to do.

Top three tips for success?

As a Journalist:
1. Be inquisitive.
2. Talk to LOTS of people.
3. Make friends with editors to make your writing better.

First CD/tape/vinyl that you bought?

My first Vinyl was the Beatles Blue Collection.
My first CD was Elvis Costello.

Recommend a book?

A visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan and Rogue Male by Geoffrey Household.

Most embarrassing moment?

One time I fell into the pool on the roof at the Soho House. I thought it was one of those glowing disco floors and I just walked right into it…it was quite good.

Biggest fear?

Being found out.

Motto for life?


Tell us a joke…

I always forget jokes.

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