Reflections: Paul Mason

Talk July 27, 2011 7:00 PM


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BBC Newsnight’s Economic Editor Paul Mason joined the BBC in 2001, making his first live appearance the day of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. He covered the collapse of Lehman Brothers live from outside its New York HQ in September 2008. Since then he has “hardly stopped for breath”, reporting on the social and economic impact of the global meltdown from the mean streets of Gary, Indiana to the elite salons of Davos.

Paul Mason will be at the Frontline Club in conversation with Matthew Eltringham, editor of the BBC College of Journalism website and events to discuss a career which has seen him cover the corporate scandals at Enron and Worldcom and stories as diverse as Hurricane Katrina, gang violence on Merseyside, the social impact of mobile phones in Africa and the rise of Aymara nationalism in Bolivia. His groundbreaking reports on the rise of China as an economic power won him the Wincott Award in 2003.

The author of two books Live Working or Die Fighting, How the working class went global and Meltdown: The end of the age of greedPaul Mason was one of the BBC’s first bloggers and has twice been nominated for the Orwell Prize.