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 05 April 2014
Purple fingers and sitting ducks: how to hold an election, Afghan style

As Afghanistan goes to the polls, Channel 4 News Chief Correspndent Alex Thomson meets the suicide belt friskers, the purple-ink fingers and the proud dad taking his son to vote.

post 04 April 2014
Why we could all pay the price for Afghan election

I hope very much that back in Europe you are enjoying enormously the Afghan election and closely following the result - because you are paying for it.

post 03 April 2014
Central African Republic: EU to send some peacekeepers - at last

The EU move is a start but the numbers are not enough, not nearly enough to end the slide into violence in the Central African Republic

post 02 April 2014
Only politics can lead a path out of Afghanistan's darkness

The Taliban may threaten to wreck Afghanistan's elections - but only a deal between the insurgents and the Afghan government can offer any resolution to the country's troubles.

post 30 March 2014
Inside the Taliban gun battle house

Najibullah is good enough to show us around the house that is now a total ruin and he gives the sense of man unsure whom he is more angry with - Taliban or government?

post 30 March 2014
War in Afghanistan: the facts

The Afghan conflict has claimed the lives of nearly 450 British military personnel. What kind of country will coalition troops leave behind?

post 29 March 2014
Two attacks in two days: insurgents target Afghan election

At a gun battle in Kabul Alex Thomson reports how Kabul reacts, if you can you get off the streets regardless of where the attack is happening - you get off them fast.

post 27 March 2014
We looked away and the machete men came out

International attention may have turned away from the violence in the Central Afrian Republic, but the situation there has not stabilised - instead it is getting worse.

post 20 March 2014
Patriotism, partisanship and football

It's 2014, so please don't presume to assume that I'll be supporting any old British team just because they are playing European opposition.

post 18 March 2014
L'Wren Scott's death: let's pause - but not to gawp

The death of L'Wren Scott is not a moment to peer into private grief but a time to reflect that everyone we meet is fighting secret battles.

post 17 March 2014
Why we still need Vladimir Putin on our side

So Crimea has voted. It was messy, ugly, but it is also undeniably true that the majority will of the people in Crimea has prevailed - so what does the west do now?

post 13 March 2014
Armed forces are incapable of dealing with bullying

New powers for the MOD ombudsman are just a "sop" and will make "no real difference at all" says a former army officer.

post 11 March 2014
Pistorius trial: TV pantomime where the judge makes up the rules

The absurd decision not to hear certain evidence in public at the Oscar Pistorius trial because it might upset Reeva Steenkamp's family has no place in a court of law.

post 10 March 2014
Black Talons at the heart of Pistorius trial

Black Talons had such a bad press - even for a bullet - that their manufacturer stopped selling them to the public. Now the Pistorius trial sees them resurrected.

post 07 March 2014
Pistorius trial - voyeurism or cultural insight?

Oscar Pistorius certainly divides opinion. And no, I am not talking about whether he is a murderer or not. I'm talking about why we care - if we do care - about this case.

post 05 March 2014
The drip drip of foreign blood on Afghan dust

With the crisis in Ukraine sweeping all headlines before it, it is hard to recall that the reason John Kerry ever stepped on to a plane to Europe in recent days was for Afghanistan.

post 04 March 2014
Sobering reading: UN report on Central African Republic

Here at Channel 4 News we try hard to keep the plight of people in the Central Africa Republic on the radar - and Monday's UN report makes for sobering reading.

post 03 March 2014
Is 'big nasty Putin' really as bad as he's made out to be?

Putin is no salesman for democracy - but for now "big bad Russia", "big nasty Putin" and "poor heroic Ukraine" look a little too simplistic to me.

post 25 February 2014
Rangers: HMRC states its case

A lot of folk wish to know why Hector the Taxman is expending considerable sums of our dosh to pursue Rangers FC over alleged mass tax avoidance.