Nick Davies is a freelance journalist, working regularly as a special correspondent for The Guardian. In 35 years as a reporter, he has specialised in long-term projects investigating crime, failing schools, poverty, drugs laws and news media. He has been named journalist of the year, feature writer of the year and reporter of the year in British press awards and has won the special awards for investigative reporting which are given in memory of Martha Gellhorn, Paul Foot and Tony Bevins. He is an honorary doctor of literature at the London School of Economics and an honorary fellow of the University of Westminster and Goldsmiths College, London.
He has published six books including Flat Earth News, a controversial account of falsehood, distortion and propaganda in quality news media, which won the first Bristol Festival of Ideas book award and Hack Attack which exposes Rupert Murdoch's use of power as well as the crime in his newsrooms.
In June 2010, he initiated the alliance of news organisations which published US military and diplomatic secrets which had been obtained by Wikileaks. Between July 2009 and July 2011 he wrote more than a hundred Guardian stories about crime in Rupert Murdoch's News of the World and about the failure of British governments, police and press regulators to hold Murdoch to account. This led to six different police inquiries in England and Scotland, a series of arrests and criminal trials, and to the establishing of Lord Justice Leveson's inquiry into the culture and practices of the press.
This evening Nick will talk about a range subjects covered by his recent work including Wikileaks and Julian Assange, phone hacking and the state of the British press industry.