Alex Thomson

Chief Correspondent
Alex Thomson is Chief Correspondent at Channel 4 News.

Alex is the longest-serving on-screen journalist on C4 News since the channel began. In more than 25 years he's covered over 20 wars; led major investigations and continues to front the programme from around the world.

His journalism has won several BAFTA and EMMY awards; two New York Film and TV Awards and in 2011/12 he was named TV Journalist of the Year by the Royal Television Society.

He's written two books about the 1991 Gulf War and a travelogue about cycling across India.

He has been External Examiner at Cardiff and currently Bournemouth Schools of Journalism and is Honorary Fellow in Journalism at Falmouth School of Journalism.


post 28 March 2015
Don't care about your vote? Beware the alternative

Remind yourself there are other ways of conducting power and politics - and cherish and respect what we have, even if you can't love or even like it.

post 26 March 2015
Richard III: it's all about the relic, the tourism, the cachet and the cash.

Leicester's claim to Richard III's bones is disputed, but there's no doubting the enthusiasm of the local authorities, of church and state, to make the most of his arrival.

post 20 March 2015
Jeremy Clarkson and the outrage industry

In an age when rock stars, sport stars - indeed stars of all sorts and political stars most of all - are essentially dulled by walls of PR and PC flummery, Jeremy Clarkson and Top Gear stood out.

post 19 March 2015
What happened when we tracked down ex-HSBC boss Lord Green

He's ordained, he's a former HSBC boss, and he's the man public accounts chairman Margaret Hodge wants to question over those Swiss accounts. I caught up with him yesterday - where else? - in a church

article 18 March 2015 Business
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Former HSBC boss Lord Green confronted over tax scandal

Channel 4 News tracks down the elusive former HSBC boss Lord Green, who expresses his "dismay and regret" about tax evasion and avoidance at the bank's Swiss branch.

post 12 March 2015
The strange case of Rangers and the Prophet Mohammed cartoon

An ill-judged tweet alleged to have come from a prominent Rangers supporter who is now a non-executive director at the club, should prompt an immediate apology.

article 10 March 2015 UK
David Duckenfield (Reuters)
Hillsborough inquest: David Duckenfield gives evidence

David Duckenfield, who was match commander at Hillsborough on 15 April 1989 when 96 Liverpool fans died, gives evidence to the inquest into the disaster. Alex Thomson reports via Twitter.

post 10 March 2015
Hillsborough inquest: police chief gives evidence

The relatives of the 96 have fought long and hard for this real inquest instead of the previous whitewash - and they have waited long, so long, to hear David Duckenfield cross-examined.

post 24 February 2015
Mariupol - the next front in the Ukraine war?

The war has come south. The prize? Why, Mariupol, of course, whose steelworks must surely be one of the biggest industrial plants on earth.

post 22 February 2015
Is cease-fire in Ukraine really non-existent?

I heard the sound of shelling east of the southern port of Mariupol today and there were reports of fighting around Horlivka north of Donetsk.

post 20 February 2015
Life in Debaltseve: digging for pasta in the debris

It has been at the centre of intense fighting between the Ukrainian military and separatist rebels, but now a more human, tragic story is unfolding on the streets of Debaltseve.

post 19 February 2015
Ukrainian troops bitter and angry after Debaltseve falls to rebels

Many Ukrainian soldiers say they feel they have been sold down the river by Kiev and President Poroshenko, as heavy artillery fire continues to rain down on their positions in Debaltseve.

post 18 February 2015
Disputed Debaltseve: a 'ceasefire' with a soundtrack of shell fire

If the Ukrainians are leaving Debaltseve as they say they are, they are not going quietly. Nor are the rebel guns falling silent.

post 17 February 2015
A blinding flash, and his legs were lying on the ground. Unattached

Yuri Koryagin recalls the moment he saw a flash when he was leaving work whilst phoning his mum. Both legs have now been amputated after a shell burst.

video 16 February 2015 World, Ukraine

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Ukraine crisis: inside the ruins of Donetsk airport - video

Donetsk airport lies in ruins after being shattered by months of fighting between Ukrainians and separatists. This airport located in a pro-Russian city is contested by both sides.

post 16 February 2015
Bodies, shells and snow in the ruins of Donetsk airport

We walked past the burned-up tail planes of jets on the tarmac. The shell-splashed hangars with torn metal cladding screaming and clanking eerily in the biting wind and snow showers.

post 15 February 2015
Some rebel guns may be silent but Ukraine commanders say there is no ceasefire

In the south of Debaltseve, in eastern Ukraine, the distant sound of explosions can be heard. So is the ceasefire truly holding?

post 14 February 2015
Death rains down on Ukraine as the clock ticks down to midnight

Incredibly, the theatre is still open in Donetsk despite constant shelling. Will the latest ceasefire deal end the carnage?

post 13 February 2015
Ukrainians say there's no end to Putin's aggression

If reports from the Ukrainian military are credible, President Putin is indeed not stopping. Even as the Minsk talks were grinding along, tanks and missiles reportedly crossed into Ukraine overnight.