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Gareth Huw Davies – journalist

My first experience in journalism was on the student newspaper, (then) Union News. I left Leeds with a degree in politics (1969) and no firm plans. I worked in a factory for a few months, then bombarded regional newspapers with inquiring letters, finally finding a  reporter’s job on the Swindon Evening Advertiser. I missed the excitement of the city, and, after a few months there I returned to Leeds to work on the Skyrack Express in Cross Gates.  

I followed this with a spell on the Hull Daily Mail, before moving to the Lord Thomson owned Hemel Hempstead Post and Echo – long defunct. It was the wisest move I made, after some erratic job switches, because Thomson also owned Times Newspapers and there was an established line of progression.

I worked in Hemel for five years, with the freedom (unimaginable today) to seek out feature ideas and write them up for the paper. I sold my first article to the Sunday Times (still one of the most thrilling days of my career) in 1976 – it was on the Dartford warbler in Dorset – shamelessly writing several more for that paper, and the Guardian, in my employer’s time.

My luckiest break came in 1979 at the end of the year long shut down at the Sunday Times. Someone who had worked on my paper wanted a writer/sub editor in a hurry and remembered some of the pieces I had submitted. I took his offer and editor Harold Evans borrowed my pen on my first day. I stayed there as a freelance until 2010, on the business, public affairs and technology beat.

In my other freelance work, I wrote for Radio Times for 12 years as a feature writer. I also covered the environment, conservation and wildlife for the Daily Telegraph, the Guardian and the Independent. I now write travel for the Mail on Sunday, keepMy degree in politics (Leeds University, 1969). My first experience in journalism was on the student newspaper, (then) Union News. After regional newspapers, I joined the Sunday Times in 1979. I stayed there as a freelance until 2010, on the business, public affairs and technology beat. I worked for Radio Times for 12 years as a feature writer. I covered the environment, conservation and wildlife for the Daily Telegraph, the Guardian and the Independent. I now write travel for the Mail on Sunday, keep up my blog and write e-books

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