Defence Correspondent for Sky News
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Alistair is one of the country’s leading broadcasters on foreign affairs, diplomacy and security. As Defence Correspondent for Sky News he has reported on wars and global terror attacks.
His career began in sports broadcasting for ITV. He worked for ITV Central, Thames Valley and Meridian, making the transition into mainstream news. His reports on the 2007 UK flooding won a Royal Television Society Award.
Alistair joined Sky News in 2008. In 2010-11, he was the channel’s Business Correspondent during the Eurozone crisis, covering political and diplomatic discussions around the continent. He was appointed Defence Correspondent in 2012.
Alistair has reported from Afghanistan on many occasions. He was the last journalist to patrol with British forces in Helmand Province and famously witnessed the end of Britain’s War as the Union flag was lowered over Camp Bastion. Alistair was on the final wave of aircraft out, and broke the news to the world as morning dawned back in the UK.
He has also reported from Iraq on the fight against Islamic State, the civil war and humanitarian situation in South Sudan, the migrant crisis in the Mediterranean and from disaster zones, including Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.
He has been a key analyst and reporter of terrorism including the 7/7 bombings, Anders Breivik attacks in Norway, murder of Lee Rigby and the Paris shootings in January 2015.
Alistair made headlines around the world when became the first person to conduct an English language interview with a senior North Korean official in 2014. It drew comment from the US State Department and British Foreign Office.
Alistair spent almost a month in Malaysia after the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.
He is a regular contributor to Monocle Magazine and is often asked to write analysis articles for publications such as the Telegraph, Spectator, Evening Standard and New Statesman. He has also been a frequent newspaper reviewer for LBC Radio in London.
He is also the founder and curator of the most popular WW1 account on Twitter, @SkyNewsWW1, which documents the Great War day-by-day, as events happened 100 years ago.
Kruger Cowne Speaker Awards: Current Affairs Speaker of the Year 2016.