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 15 December 2014
It is not 'enhanced interrogation'. It is torture

Most people don't know what "rendition" means - but they do understand the word kidnapping. The same applies for "enhanced interrogation". Such words convey a false reality.

post 10 December 2014
On the tail of the 'weather bomb' battering Scotland

On the point just outside Oban a freelance cameraman joins us as we watch the bright red, Norwegian-flagged fishing vessel nose out gently from Oban harbour.

post 02 December 2014
Afghans fear history will be repeated as western involvement ends

Across swathes of Afghanistan, many Afghans already know the game is over - and what law and order they may enjoy is at the dispensation of the armed insurgent warlords.

post 15 November 2014
The Ebola sufferers refused treatment in Sierra Leone

Hope and desperation live side by side in Sierra Leone, as success in treating the Ebola virus confronts a still growing trail of infections.

post 14 November 2014
The man who died alone in the jungle to save others from Ebola

Amid the sombre disposal of Freetown's dead, a pharmacist who treated Ebola sufferers follows in their footsteps.

post 13 November 2014
Building a hospital in the jungle - in just six weeks?

Many query why the response has been so slow to Ebola from Europe and you can certainly argue not enough was done in the early months. But the work is getting underway - and it's making a difference.

post 12 November 2014
Ebola: mum, dad, uncles, aunts, they really are gone forever

Like unaccompanied minors - not in an airport but in life - they stand there as the Unicef Jeep rolls into the village, silently holding out their nameplates.

post 11 November 2014
The value of a human life in Sierra Leone? $5,000

The Sierra Leone government says it will pay $5,000 compensation for every health worker to die from Ebola.

post 10 November 2014
Devil Hole Junction, where people go when they get Ebola

Osman Gbondo lies dead under a tree. His wife Aminata lies 200 metres away, blood oozing from her mouth. We are in Devil Hole Junction, an hour's drive from Freetown.

post 09 November 2014
Ebola: 'The next four weeks are critical here in Freetown'

Alex Thomson reports from Freetown, Sierra Leone, where there is no ebola hospital. The coming weeks are "critical", the Red Cross says.

post 05 November 2014
Libyan army training fiasco - UK government complacency to blame?

Why did the UK government ever think that the vetting of participants in a scheme to train Libyan soldiers in the UK could be left to the Libyans, when that country was in a state of collapse?

post 04 November 2014
Serena Shim's death: why conclusions without evidence are stupid

The need for proper investigation of Serena's death is obvious and pressing and should happen at once. Conclusions without evidence are wrong, stupid and distasteful.

post 03 November 2014
RIP Mrs Maguire - but there are still questions to be answered

The verdict is passed. Will Cornick is now named. But whatever Leeds tries to pretend, that is not the end of it, nor should it be.

post 21 October 2014
A paralysed man walks again

Today's news of a breakthrough in the treatment of spinal cord injury is for all those suffering from paralysis - as well as those who say the news is always depressing.

post 17 October 2014
A dismal response to Ebola's global spread

The rest of the world seems unenthusiastic in helping tackle Ebola, even now that the outbreak has spread and spread beyond the shores of Africa.

post 06 October 2014
The disabled Afghanistan veteran bullied by his superiors

You may think, having lost both legs and an arm in Afghanistan, that a serving paratrooper determined to return to this regiment would be welcomed back as a hero. You may think so.

post 26 September 2014
A wing, a prayer and a US president spouting cliches

The simple and obvious question to ask today is this: would parliament be discussing bombing Iraq for a third war if the USA were not already doing so?

video 20 September 2014 UK, Scotland

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Is sectarianism on the rise after #indyref? - video

Assaults, masks and flares thrown at police: there are concerns that old sectarian scars could be reopening in Scotland following the independence referendum.

post 19 September 2014
Heated stand-off between rival voters at George Square

Hundreds of people crowded into Glasgow's George Square tonight, in which police describe as just "handbags". If this number if young men were hellbent on violence they'd have come tooled and got on w