When were you at the Sun? January 1999 to February 2008
I have so many great memories and most are attributable to the friendship and guidance of editor Tony McWilliam and national treasure Meredith Ebbin — together we took great pride in our work while also having a lot of fun. I can hear Meredith’s laugh now, howling through the newsroom!
From a professional perspective, this coming together was best illustrated in the paper’s General Election coverage.
Meredith, who had been a reporter since the 1970s, had unparalleled historical knowledge, while Tony sprinkled his magic dust over everything to ensure the content remained fair, accurate and, most important, interesting to read.
These two people taught me how important it was to get the tone right for a Bermudian audience. They steered me away from the British expatriate journalists’ tendency towards hysteria and helped me become a credible, respected reporter.
• Seeing a colleague, a recovering crack addict, relapse.
•Being forced to hand over a memory card at knifepoint. A crime victim took me to take photographs of the house where he was tortured. As we were leaving, another man, high on drugs, eyes like saucers, raced up to us, pulled out a blade, and threatened to use it if I didn’t hand over the card. He meant it.
• Interviewing the four families who lost loved ones to Hurricane Fabian — hours after the storm while there was still hope bodies would be found.
Any funny moments that stand out in your memory?
Learning The Mid-Ocean News was closing.
What, if anything, do you miss about Bermuda?
I miss Bermuda so much. I miss waking up to months of guaranteed blue sky and sunshine; I miss fish sandwiches with hot sauce, tartar sauce, lettuce and tomato. I miss being a storyteller and helping to set the record straight. And it’s corny, I know, but I mostly miss the people. I made some great friends and it’s a sad truth that you don’t really appreciate what you’ve got until it’s gone.
I am self-employed and am somehow managing to scratch out a living selling vinyl records! But my real joy comes from looking after my nephew Jack: I’ve been his main carer for at least three days a week for the past three years.
Where do you live?
Birkdale, Southport, Merseyside. I am a 15-minute walk from the home of Liverpool Football Club legend Kenny Dalglish and a hop, skip and a jump away from Royal Birkdale Golf Club.