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 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

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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.

post 05 January 2015
Run aground in the Solent: how to rescue an ailing giant?

A human disaster must not become an environmental one, as recovery teams ponder the delicate removal of a giant cargo ship stranded on a sandbank near the Isle of Wight.

post 04 January 2015
Oyston comments highlight society's attitude to disability prejudice

In losing his rag in a text-row with a fan, Karl Oyston has inadvertently done us all a favour in highlighting a form of prejudice which is abhorrent - but really rather common tolerated.

post 01 January 2015
Egypt now recognises that its prosecution of journalists was flawed

Egypt's court system finally recognises that the trial of three Al Jazeera journalists was flawed. The men are in a better place than they were yesterday.

post 29 December 2014
Keeping jailed journalists in the public eye with gaffer tape

Three Al Jazeera journalists including one Briton have been in prison for a year today. As the world seems to get ever more dangerous for journalists, there are hopes of an appeal in the courts.

post 24 December 2014
After plane crash, pressure grows for ground troops to be used against IS

Expect Gen Dempsey and many other voices to grow louder in the coming weeks that more must be done with ground forces if IS is to be dislodged.

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?