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 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.

post 12 February 2015
Kiev sceptical about ceasefire deal

Despite the leaders of Ukraine and Russia agreeing a ceasefire, people in Kiev are sceptical and are told to keep their "kalashnikov well oiled and ready to fire".

post 12 February 2015
Ukraine: Minsk is not what matters

Whatever emerges from Minsk is only diplomatic rhetoric. The real game is on the steppe of eastern Ukraine where both sides either will or will not silence their guns.

post 10 February 2015
I'm a journalist because I'm angry - you should be too

#AdviceForYoungJournalists? No, you won't get rich from journalism. Yes, it is still worth doing.

post 30 January 2015
Churchill had his flaws - but his legacy is with us today

Nobody can turn kitsch into culture like the British establishment - but the re-run of Winston Churchill's funeral was something really rather weird.

post 27 January 2015
Genocide: a term we use too often or not enough

"For 30 years I said nothing. But now, if these children meet someone who denies the Holocaust they can say, 'No - Solly Irving came to see us. He stood before us. He told us'."

post 21 January 2015
Does Dave King deserve a second chance at Rangers?

Scottish football faces its own Ched Evans syndrome. Should a man with a past be given a second chance to have a high-profile position in (potentially) big-money football?

post 18 January 2015
Don't use the N-word or 'faggots' but 'retards' is fine

First off let me preface this by declaring an interest - I am the father of an autistic boy. Last night I was ringside for a performance of "Bull" at London's Young Vic theatre. Literally so, since t

video 08 January 2015 UK, United States

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Will closing three UK airbases help US save money? - video

The Pentagon announces that it is to withdraw from three of its UK air force bases as part of a reorganisation of forces aimed at saving half a billion dollars across Europe.