We’re delighted to share our panel of 2022 judges, chosen from a wide-range of outlets with varying backgrounds and experience, who will select this year’s finalists and winners.
We’re delighted to share our panel of 2022 judges, chosen from a wide-range of outlets with varying backgrounds and experience, who will select this year’s finalists and winners.
Award winning BBC Special Correspondent Nawal Al-Maghafi has been reporting on the Middle East since 2012. Over the past six years, she has been one of the few journalists conducting firsthand reporting of the ongoing conflict in Yemen; travelling extensively throughout the country. Her investigation into a 2015 attack on a Yemeni funeral – the deadliest of the conflict so far – provided key evidence in the case against weapons sales to Saudi Arabia by the US and UK. Her most recent documentary, Iraq’s Secret Sex Trade received two Emmy’s this year, the film investigates Shia clerics at some of Iraq’s holiest shrines, Nawal reveals the exploitation of vulnerable girls and young women, tricked into ‘pleasure marriage’, a practice in which clerics make money from helping men who want sex with very young girls. She has also travelled across the Middle East to investigate how Mass Surveillance technology sold by BAE systems was being used by repressive Gulf states to monitor and stifle dissent by local human rights activists, and recently returned from Yemen where she has been filming the impact Covid 19 has had on a country already battling the worlds worst humanitarian crisis.
Josie began her career at The Daily Star in Beirut before joining the Telegraph’s graduate scheme in 2010. She started as a Sunday Home News reporter before moving to the Foreign Desk, taking up the position of deputy foreign editor. She has had postings in San Francisco, Beirut and latterly New York. She covered on the rise and fall of the Islamic State as the paper’s Middle East correspondent, for which she won the Marie Colvin Award 2019. In her role as US correspondent, she has reported on the coronavirus outbreak, racial justice protests, and most recently the 2020 election. Josie was the winner of the 2020 Amnesty Media Award for Features.
Joel Taylor is Deputy News Editor of Metro newspaper, Britain’s most read paper. He carries out major political interviews, including most of the party leaders before the last three general elections and the major London mayoral candidates. His keen interest in social and international matters has also led to reports on tax avoidance, and international development issues, including an exclusive interview with Bill Gates about healthcare worldwide. For the last two years he has been writing extensively on the coronavirus pandemic, the government’s response and the global implications. He is a regular contributor to BBC’s The Papers, and appears on radio including TalkRadio and LBC. In his spare time he can often be found writing about pubs, food, politics and cricket. It will be the fourth time he has been a judge on the Amnesty Media Awards.
Manveen is a multi-award winning reporter and host of Stories of our Times, the daily podcast from The Times and The Sunday Times, which launched last year. Before that, she was an investigative reporter at the Today Programme, The World at One and PM at BBC Radio 4, and on BBC News. Her series following a Syrian family as they migrated to Europe won a number of awards, including a Peabody. She was awarded the Aidex Humanitarian Journalist of the Year award and the Sue Lloyd-Roberts Award for Journalism. Her investigation on Bell Pottinger led to the controversial firm’s demise, and her expose of sexual harassment at Save the Children led to inquiries by the Charity Commission and the parliamentary Select Committee on aid.
Laura has been the BBC’s Political Editor since July 2015, covering politics in Westminster and beyond during a tumultuous period for the BBC’s flagship programmes. Previously she was the chief correspondent and a regular presenter on Newsnight, after a spell as Business Editor at ITV News and serving as the BBC’s chief political correspondent. Laura is one of the presenters of the BBC’s Newscast podcast which grew out of the award winning Brexitcast show. The programme is also broadcast on BBC One.
Deborah is foreign affairs editor at Sky News, covering the biggest foreign stories around the world and carrying out her own investigations. She has reported from Europe on Brexit the United States on Donald Trump, and broken stories on suspected Russian disinformation operations and suspected cyber attacks in the UK. Before joining Sky, she was defence editor and previously Iraq correspondent at The Times. She covered wars in Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya, as well as focusing on armed forces issues in the UK, including exposing the true extent of a funding crisis within the UK’s military. She won the Amnesty International award for national newspaper human rights reporting in 2008 for a series on the plight of Iraqi interpreters working for UK forces in Iraq. This series also won Deborah the inaugural Bevins Prize for investigative journalism in 2008. Prior to joining The Times, Deborah worked for the Reuters news agency after six years at AFP in Tokyo, Geneva, Baghdad and London.
Cait became Editor of 5 News in February 2018. Before that, as Deputy Editor she planned coverage for a general election and two referendums. She began her career at 5 News in 1997 but has also worked for Sky News and ITV News. As well as programme editing across ITV News output, Cait was the Assistant Programme Editor for ITV’s coverage of the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and the channel’s Election 2010 programme. She’s also spent time on the road – working on Sky News’ coverage of the Asian Tsunami, the death of Pope John Paul II and stories closer to home.
Seyi is a British TV Reporter with over a decade of experience working for Channel 4 on foreign affairs series ‘Unreported World’ and current affairs series ’Dispatches’. His ability to connect with people from all walks of life has given him a global following. His work has won 2 Foreign Press Association awards as well as a number of other award nominations. He is currently working with Parable Productions.
Rachel started her career in journalism at Channel 4 News in 2005 – producing politics and business before becoming Head of Home News on the programme. She became a Deputy Editor of Newsnight in 2013, leading investigations on the programme. Three years later she was appointed Editor of Panorama, where she headed the team which produced numerous award winning investigations. She is currently working the Editorial Exec supporting Charlotte Moore, the BBC’s Chief Content Officer. She has three young boys.
George is the Deputy Editor of The Sunday Times’s Insight Investigations Team. He recently exposed that thousands of infected patients were left to die outside hospitals and intensive care during the coronavirus crisis as part of efforts to stop the NHS being over-run. In 2020 he also exposed a war crimes scandal involving Britain’s Special Air Service in Afghanistan. Previously his two-year investigative campaign into human trafficking in the UK was praised by Prime Minister Theresa May and helped shape Britain’s Modern Slavery Bill, the first anti-slavery law in the UK since the 19th century. The work also led to him being shortlisted for Amnesty International’s Gaby Rado Award for Best New Journalist.
Barney Calman is the Health Editor at The Mail on Sunday, Britain’s biggest and best read Health section. Barney has been in the role for a decade, and in health reporting for almost 20 years. Before joining The Mail on Sunday Barney was a feature writer for The Daily Mail, and The Evening Standard.
Annie Kelly is a human rights journalist and editor of The Guardian’s Rights and Freedom human rights reporting series. She has over 15 years of experience in human rights reporting and between 2011-2020 edited a five-year investigative journalism project for The Guardian on human trafficking and labour exploitation. Prior to this she was a freelance foreign correspondent for The Guardian and Observer based in Buenos Aires.
Joe Wallen is a multi-award-winning foreign correspondent and received the Gaby Rado Award for Best New Journalist in 2019 after exposing the sexual abuse of female migrants in Morocco by EU-funded security forces. He currently works as the Daily Telegraph’s India and Global Health Security Correspondent, covering current affairs and exposing human rights abuses across South Asia. Over the past year he has reported on the abuse of detainees held without charge in Jammu and Kashmir, the extrajudicial killing of drug users in India’s north east and the persecution of Afghanistan’s Sikh community. Joe also led the Daily Telegraph’s coverage of India’s devastating Covid-19 second wave and has spent much of this year in PPE – reporting from inside ICU wards and crematoriums.
Matt Vella is the top-editor of the Financial Times’ award-winning Weekend Magazine. Previously, he was Time Magazine’s executive editor responsible for the weekly magazine’s editorial direction, overseeing all longform features across departments and guiding Time’s transformation into a digital-first publication. His leadership of multi-platform projects, such as Finding Home which followed Syrian families trying to resettle in Europe, helped the magazine win American journalism’s most prestigious awards.
Matthew Chapman is a lead reporter at The Bureau of Investigative Journalism, who covers the tobacco industry. In the last year he has worked on a joint investigation with BBC Panorama that exposed British American Tobacco’s corporate espionage operation in Africa, which included revealing a bribe negotiation with Robert Mugabe’s regime. He has also made The Bureau’s first ever podcast, an eight-episode series about BAT’s spy ring called Smoke Screen. His work on Big Tobacco’s youth marketing was shortlisted for the 2021 British Journalism Awards. His reporting has also appeared in Dispatches, The Mail on Sunday, The Guardian and Observer, The Telegraph and C4’s Supershoppers.
Moya Lothian-McLean is a journalist and editor. Currently Politics Editor at gal-dem magazine, her tenure has seen features published that put the experiences of marginalised groups front and centre, from investigations into transphobia within sexual violence services, to exposés on an increasing police presence in mental health services. Her focus is working with young, underrepresented writers to report on the issues mainstream media often overlooks. Elsewhere, her work has appeared in the likes of The New York Times, The Guardian, VICE and Kinfolk magazine. She also scripts and presents documentary podcast Human Resources, produced by Broccoli Content, which explores the untold history of British slavery.
Tom is Controller of Current Affairs at ITV, responsible for commissioning a wide range of documentaries, and current affairs programmes including strands like Tonight and Exposure. These have included the Emmy award-winning films Saudi Arabia Uncovered and White Right: Meeting the Enemy as well as the 2018 Amnesty award winner, The Forgotten Children. Before joining ITV in 2015, he was at the BBC for over 20 years as a producer, director and Executive Producer including four years as editor of Panorama where he oversaw investigations including Undercover Care: The Abuse Exposed about the treatment of patients at Winterbourne View Special Hospital and Fifa’s Dirty Secrets, broadcast three days before FIFA voted on whether England should stage the 2018 World Cup.
Sarah is an award-winning Executive Producer for BBC Current Affairs. After years of Directing films she became the Series Producer for the strand This World on BBC Two, overseeing more than 50 films and winning RTS, BAFTA and Amnesty awards. She is currently the Executive Producer for TV Current Affairs International strands This World and Our World.
Dan Louw joined Five as Commissioning Editor in January 2019 and has looked after a wide variety of shows –taking in true crime, pop culture, live events, comedy, consumer, access and populist history. Before he came to Five he was Head of Development at Vice, creating and exec-ing across comedy, entertainment and factual. He previously worked at BBC Documentaries, learning from some of the best film makers in the business, as well as producing, developing and selling shows at production companies like North One, Dragonfly and Twenty Twenty.
Nevine Mabro is a commissioning editor at Channel 4 in News and Current Affairs. She produced the award winning For Sama – a feature documentary directed by Waad al-Kateab and Edward Watts that started life as a series of Channel 4 News reports in 2016. It went on to be nominated for an Oscar. Before joining Channel 4 she was at Channel 4 News as Deputy Editor and previously Head of Foreign News and Films. She exec-produced three International Emmy winning news films from Syria – Horror of Homs in 2013, Agony of Aleppo in 2014 and Inside Aleppo in 2016.
Nihal is an acclaimed broadcaster and TV presenter. He currently presents Radio 5 Live’s Afternoon Show – Nihal Arthanayake, and Asian Network’s Big Debate (on Fridays). His extensive knowledge of music, and inimitable storytelling enable him to secure outstanding features for his radio shows and his unique interviewing style was recently recognised at the BBC Radio and Music Awards where he won Interview of the Year. Nihal is a Trustee of Home in Manchester and an Ambassador for the British Asian Trust.
Owenna is currently the editor of BBC Radio 4’s Today programme. She is a Bafta and International Emmy award-winning editor with over 25 years’ journalistic experience. Owenna was the Editor of CBBC’s Newsround and before joining Today in September had been Editor of both the World at One and PM at Radio 4. Owenna’s successful editorship at the PM programme has included in-depth analysis from across the UK during the 2019 General Election, the recent Covid Chronicles, where listeners have shared their own experiences of the pandemic, and the award-winning seven-part series Anatomy Of A Stabbing.
Basma Khalifa is a Sudanese multi-disciplinary creative currently living in London and raised in Northern Ireland and Scotland. Across all her creative outlets from her work as a Director, Filmmaker, Writer and Fashion Stylist, Basma speaks to cultures, heritage and sectors within society which she feels mould our future. Her work seeks to empower creatives and encourage others to explore their identity. Basma is perhaps best known for fronting her BBC3 Doc ‘Inside the real Saudi Arabia… and Why I had to Leave’ which reached an audience of over 15 million worldwide and earnt her a nomination for Best Newcomer at the Edinburgh TV Festival. She has also filmed regular features on The One Show and Vice and has featured on various outlets such as BBC News, CNN, Sky News, ITV News and written for outlets such as The Independent, The Guardian, British Vogue and The Times. Basma has also directed various campaigns Facebook and Instagram and Apple. Basma has been working alongside BBC Studios and under the mentorship of Louis Theroux and his production company Mindhouse to develop further documentary projects as well as further directing and consulting for brands.
Tom Cheal is the Managing Editor of LBC, the UK’s number one commercial talk station and home to many of the country’s leading speech broadcasters. Famous for holding politicians to account and giving the public a voice on the big issues that matter, LBC is celebrating all-time audience highs with eight consecutive record increases and has recently introduced Andrew Marr to the line-up. Prior to his current role, Tom was the station’s Political Editor and has covered numerous major stories in the UK and abroad as a reporter and editor, including 4 General Elections, Brexit and mostly recently the Covid pandemic.
May Abdalla works with technology to create sensory stories that help us to reimagine the world and our place in it.
In 2013 she co-founded Anagram, an award-winning creative studio specialising in thought-provoking interactive storytelling and immersive experience design. Their work has toured internationally at festivals, public space and museums. Its form spans a range of form from an her latest experience, an immersive VR documentary about a man who is diagnosed with schizophrenia and finds community and friendship in the world of online games was narrated by Tilda Swinton and picked up the Venice Biennale Grand Jury Prize for Best VR.
Lydia McMullan is an award-winning visual projects editor for the Guardian. Ranging from features to forensic investigations, she leads creative projects with reporters, designers and developers that tell stories in innovative ways. Her visual and interactive news features have won multiple awards, including a D&AD award and a shortlist in the British Journalism awards.
Matt Risley is the Head of 4Studio, Channel 4’s in-house digital agency responsible for the broadcaster’s social strategy at a channel, show and platform level, as well as production of hundreds of pieces of digital content every month for social and digital platforms. The department is at the heart of the channel’s Future4 strategy to reach and engage young UK audiences, and grow new revenue streams through social platform partnerships and innovative social-first branded content solutions. He has previously worked for MTV, Future Plc and Sky, leading digital strategy, content and publishing teams.
Richard is Head of Digital Formats & Visual Journalism at BBC News, with a brief to help make visual and powerful journalism that’s reached by broad audiences. He was previously head of digital journalism at the Telegraph where he oversaw the creation of bespoke editorial content that sat outside of traditional article templates. This included interactives, new visual storytelling formats, data journalism, long reads and journalistic tools.
Joe Pickover is an experienced digital media and video strategist, having reimagined production processes commercially and editorially at a number of media publications and agencies. He is currently head of video at the PA Media, the UK’s national news agency.
Mark is Director of Autograph ABP and Principal Research Fellow: Decolonising Photography at University of the Arts London (UAL). Mark is also a renowned writer and curator. His many projects include The Unfinished Conversation: Encoding/Decoding for the Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery in Toronto and critically acclaimed exhibitions on the works of James Van Der Zee, Gordon Parks, Carrie Mae Weems, Rotimi Fani-Kayode and on the works of Mahtab Hussain and Maud Sulter. His most recent book, Decolonising the Camera: Photography in Racial Time, was published in 2019 by Lawrence and Wishart.
Philip embarked on 30+ year career (& counting) working at Pacemaker in Belfast, then moved to London where he worked at the Daily Telegraph in the 1990’s, and then freelanced in New York from mid to late 90’s. Philip is now a staff photographer at the Daily Mirror based in London. He has covered the Genocide in Rwanda, Volcanic eruptions in Montserrat, Gulf War II, and dozens of ’embeds’ in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well numerous assignments including Hurricane Katrina. Philip was seriously injured whilst working in Helmand Province, Afghanistan when an I.E.D. blast hit the U.S. Marine M.R.A.P. in which he was travelling in January 2010. He lost his lower legs & broke his back, spending four months in hospital. He returned to work later that year and post injury jobs have included assignments in Gaza, Iraq, Yemen, Ivory Coast, New Zealand, Saudi Arabia & Europe. Philip has been a Finalist for Photojournalist of the Year at the Press Gazette British Journalism awards in 2015, 2019 & 2020.
Sara Rumens is the Features Picture Editor at The Times, commissioning photographers internationally for the supplements within the newspaper and online since 2014. Her background is in magazine photography, working on various ‘glossies’ before joining the team that launched Grazia in 2003. Previously Sara spent seven years as editorial director at Magnum Photos following her early informative years in New York working on magazines such as Interview and Rolling Stone. Since first gaining her post graduate degree at LCC in Photojournalism, she now returns to lecture and conduct portfolio reviews there and a range of other courses including the Magnum Professional Practice Workshops. She has served as judge on several international competitions including Picture Editors Guild Awards, the Irish Press Awards and the PX3 Prix in Paris.
Smita Sharma is photojournalist based in Delhi who has documented gender issues, sexual crimes and human trafficking in the Global South through long-form visual narratives. Smita is a TED fellow and an IWMF reporting fellow. She is the recipient of Amnesty International Media award for photojournalism in 2021. Smita received the Indian Of The Year award in 2017, Exceptional Women of Excellence award by Women Economic Forum in 2018, Las Fotos Advocacy 2021 award and One World Media award for her short film Rebels with a Cause. Smita is committed to representing people with dignity and uses visceral and beautiful images to bring her subjects out of the world of faceless statistics and emphasize their humanity. Her work has been published in various places like National Geographic Magazine, The New York Times, BBC World, WSJ, TIME, Channel 4 amongst many others and exhibited and shown globally including at the UN Headquarters in New York.
Nimra Shahid is an award-winning journalist and received an Amnesty International Media Award in 2021 after revealing allegations of racism at the heart of Cabinet Office for the Guardian. She is currently an investigator at Global Witness, covering deforestation in the Asia Pacific and climate change. There, she has reported on how over 500 fossil fuel lobbyists attended COP26 for BBC News. She was formerly at Bloomberg and the Bureau of Investigative Journalism, where she was a Google News Data Fellow.
Simi is a journalist at the BBC where she presents radio bulletins and creates video and written content. She has previously worked as a regional reporter for the BBC and producer for ITV News. She is passionate about telling human stories from underrepresented communities. In 2018, Simi won the Amnesty International Media Award in the Student Journalist category for her documentary reporting on sexual rights issues in South Africa. Simi champions student journalism and currently runs the We Are Black Journos’ mentoring scheme.
Matt Chorley is an award-winning political journalist based in Westminster since 2005. He currently presents the mid-morning political show on Times Radio and writes a weekly column for The Times, having previously edited the Times Red Box morning email and hosted the Red Box podcast for five years. Having left college with A-levels, he joined his local paper, the Taunton Times, before moving to London and starting work in the House of Commons press gallery, first for the Press Association and later the Western Morning News, Independent on Sunday, MailOnline and The Times. After the success of his first stand-up tour, This Is Not Normal, in 2019, this year he is taking a new show, Who Is In Charge Here?, around the country.
Jason was a national newspaper and magazine journalist for 20 years. For 13 years he was the crime and security correspondent for The Independent newspaper. He’s now a senior journalism lecturer at City, University of London.
Jennifer McKiernan is a Broadcast Journalist at BBC London, reporting across TV, online and radio. Previously she worked at BBC Northern Ireland, reporting on the Loyalist rioting sparked by the Northern Ireland Protocol and the implosion of the DUP around Arlene Foster’s resignation. She also spent a decade as a political correspondent at Westminster, Holyrood and in Brussels.
Toby Granville has been the Editorial Director at Newsquest – the second largest regional newspaper publisher in the UK – since February 2015. Toby began his career in 1990 at the Sunday People. He gained his first editorship at the age of 26 at The Wharf which won Newspaper of the Year under his leadership. Since joining Newsquest in 2002 Toby has edited a number of its award-winning daily titles such as the Dorset Echo and Bournemouth Daily Echo and was named Editor of the Year in 2011. In his current role Toby is leading the transformation of Newsquest’s editorial departments into multimedia newsrooms publishing nearly 200 local and regional news brands across the country.
Eve Livingston is a Scotland-based freelance journalist specialising in social affairs, inequalities and industrial relations. She has worked for The Guardian, The Independent, VICE and the Bureau of Investigative Journalism among many others and has appeared on TV and radio including BBC Woman’s Hour and ITV News. In 2018 she was one of Young Women Scotland’s 30 under 30, and in 2019 she was shortlisted for an Orwell Prize. In 2021 she published her first book, Make Bosses Pay: Why We Need Unions, about young workers and trade unions in the UK.
Ellie Cullen is the assistant chief news editor at PA Media, the UK and Ireland’s national news agency. She first joined PA in 2017 to help set up the overnight operation in Australia and spent two years in Sydney before moving back to the UK to join the newsdesk in London. Her day-to-day role involves helping oversee the editorial output of the newswire. Ellie began her career in local news, working as a reporter in her home county of Cheshire and later in Nottingham.
Sophia Yan is China Correspondent for the Telegraph, based in Beijing, and has covered East Asia for a decade.
She reports extensively on human rights, investigating China’s crackdown targeting ethnic minorities, including Uyghurs, filing from Xinjiang, Ningxia, and neighbouring Kazakhstan, as well as people in Wuhan seeking reparations from the government for its coronavirus cover-up. Her stories at the start of the outbreak revealed key details indicating China was not accurately reporting the country’s death toll. Recent projects include documentary series “Inside Xinjiang” and podcast “Hong Kong Silenced.
In 2019, she exposed former UK consulate worker Simon Cheng Man-kit’s alleged brutal torture and detention by Chinese secret police over Britain’s role in Hong Kong. Her work has also unveiled the plight of Chinese farmers trafficked and forced into labour in the US, and a series about agents engaged in visa fraud that brought Chinese to give birth in America to obtain citizenship for their children was cited in US immigration raids in 2015. She received the 2020 Marie Colvin Award for her coverage of China.
Prior to the Telegraph, Sophia was an on-air correspondent for CNBC in Beijing, where she led live coverage of China’s annual parliament meetings from Tiananmen Square, World Economic Forum in Dalian, Boao Forum, and Belt and Road Forum, and interviewed CEOs and senior executives from Huawei, Google DeepMind, Sinopec, Xiaomi, ZTE, Boston Consulting Group, Inter Milan, and more.
She covered business, government, and politics across Asia and the US as a reporter for CNN and Bloomberg, based in Hong Kong and Washington DC. Sophia lived in Japan as a 2015 Abe Journalist Fellow, was at one point based in Honolulu, and began her career with Time Magazine.
Sophia is frequently invited to moderate and speak at embassies, universities and conferences, including the Oslo Freedom Forum. She is a regular contributor to the BBC and Monocle 24.
An accomplished classical pianist, Sophia has won several competitions and performed at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center, Fontainebleau Chateau, Hong Kong Arts Centre, and Aspen Music Festival. She is the co-founder and pianist of Western District, a chamber collective in Hong Kong, and can be heard on the Lawfare and Rational Security podcasts. The New York Times has described her as a performer whose “music literally pulls her off the piano bench; she ranges up and down the keyboard so quickly and with such ferocity that mere sitting will not do.”
Sahar is a multimedia journalist, presenter, and producer with extensive experience in long-form current affairs and documentaries. Sahar has fronted a range of award-winning stories from across the world, for the BBC, Channel 4’s Unreported World, ITV’s Exposure, Vice, and a number of other international broadcasters. Much of Sahar’s work has been from within hostile environments, with a special focus on investigating under-reported human-interest stories. Sahar strives for high-impact storytelling and has reported on a diverse range of topics from conflict and human rights abuses, to gender and mental health issues. She excels in exploring sensitive subjects with empathy, creativity and journalistic rigour.
Lindsay and Gaby were close friends and colleagues at Channel 4 News, where Lindsay was a reporter for 20 years. Previously Lindsay reported for Independent Radio News/LBC, beginning his career at Moray Firth Radio, based in Inverness.
Sam is an investigative journalist who has spent the last 20 years as a BBC documentary-maker specialising in criminal investigations. Her work has earned her as many threats as it has awards. Sam has investigated international drugs and weapons running, human trafficking, counterfeit tobacco gangs, corrupt government contracts, gangland murders and multiple exposes on serious and organised crime. She has worked undercover exposing the criminal supply chain in sex trafficking across Eastern Europe and corrupt surgical instruments contracts in Pakistan, investigated Russia’s biggest cyber criminals in Moscow, filmed with UK troops in Iraq, and exposed how some of the UK’s biggest criminals have laundered their millions. Last year, Sam investigated the murder of a young woman. The film, Who Killed Emma?, saw Sam confronting the man she believes is the prime suspect. The film won won some of the highest awards in the industry, with the Royal Television Society stating Sam had “made more progress on a murder enquiry than a police force – an extraordinary feat that is a shining example of what exceptional journalism can achieve”. Sam went on to investigate the case further, with the result being the hugely successful Who Killed Emma? podcast. Throughout her career, Sam has won numerous awards including five BAFTAs, three RTS awards and the British Journalism Award. When she is not busy making documentaries, Sam is also a trainer for BBC Media Action and has conducted investigations training for teams in Nepal, Central Asia and the Caucasus. Sam lives in Scotland and, outside of work, enjoys paddle boarding and riding her Ducati motorbike through the Highlands.