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 18 September 2014
Political fever in Scotland - but is it passing or permanent?

The Scottish referendum is a populist political phenomenon. But is it also just an island in a sea of sloppy apathy, cynicism and disengagement?

post 16 September 2014
Tell it on the mountain: #IndyRef from the top of Ben Nevis

On his way up and down Ben Nevis, Alex Thomson encounters a range of views on Scottish independence from a Spanish woman, a Frenchman, a Belgian and a group of Canadians.

post 12 September 2014
English council leaders go to work Reservoir Dogs style

Whatever happens in Scotland, more devolution will happen because of the English state's last-minute panic and there are signs that the English regions want a piece of the action.

post 09 September 2014
Resurgent Taliban threaten US exit strategy for Afghanistan

A New York Times article at the weekend suggests the Afghan police and army, whose efficiency was used to justify the US and British exit, are not up to the job.

post 08 September 2014
What is England's view on Scottish independence?

The result of next Thursday's referendum will be a profoundly important moment for the Union, but nobody outside Scotland will have a vote.

post 04 September 2014
The Ashya King saga: why we should thank the authorities

Given what the doctors had told the judiciary about the medical plight of Ashya King, we should be grateful that the authorities acted swiftly to ensure he was returned to hospital.

post 03 September 2014
My bizarre exchange with Ashya King's father

Brett King told me that if he tried to see his son Ashya, he would be arrested because, he said, he is a ward of court.

post 02 September 2014
Should Ashya parents have carte blanche to decide?

A lot of emotion surrounds the case of Ashya King. But leaving emotions aside, should the British state give its citizens carte blanche to make medical decisions?

post 01 September 2014
Will the 'Afghan spring' disintegrate into a cold winter?

Afghanistan's leading presidential candidates have disputed the election results since the first round of voting in April. The potential for political implosion is very real now.

post 28 August 2014
Ukraine: is Mariupol the new front in separatist war?

The chimneys of Mariupol - where one the the biggest integrated steelworks in the world dominates the city skyline outside for miles - the new strategic significance in Ukraine.

post 08 August 2014
'Out on the mountain right now, it is genocide'

From everyone here, tales of how the IS come into your town or village and offer you the chance to convert to Islam, get out of town and your home - or be killed by bullet or beheading.

post 07 August 2014
Fear is key in the Islamic State's purge of Iraq

Thousands of Iraqis, predominantly from the minority Yazidi ethnic and Christian groups, have fled to mountainous regions to escape an advance by Islamic State fighters in northern Iraq.

video 18 July 2014 UK

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Hot? Don't panic: Alex Thomson has some handy tips

Frazzled by the heat? Forgotten how to look after yourself as sweat drips into your eyes? Let our Chief Correspondent Alex Thomson help you out, in this not-entirely-serious piece.

post 17 July 2014
Hot weather warning: more like a load of hot air

Summer happens. Get over it. Surely we don't need safety advice for normal weather events?

post 15 July 2014
Don't bet the farm on peace in Afghanistan

This is precisely the kind of act guaranteed to wipe the gloss of the weekend euphoria as US Secretary of State John Kerry flew in to Kabul to broker a deal between arch-rivals.

post 11 July 2014
In Afghanistan, the insurgents are resurgent

A 24 per cent spike in civilian casualties in Afghanistan in the first half of 2014 suggests the Taliban and other insurgent groups are on the march again.

post 10 July 2014
Rangers, tax and 'no surrender'?

You can't really complain about a shadow over Rangers and the effect on the club's value when the club itself has broken the rules.

post 08 July 2014
Does civil war loom after Afghanistan elections?

We were supposed to leave Afghanistan with some kind of credible military forces to stop all this from happening. That does not look very credible.

post 08 July 2014
As a democratic spectacle, nothing comes close to the Tour

Going to the Tour de France as a spectator is all about everything Big Sport left behind when it decided to become Big Business.