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 01 October 2015
Syria: why this is not the start of World War Three

As the number of countries embroiled in the Syria conflict rises, it is easy to think the situation could well spiral out of control.

post 30 September 2015
Kunduz: a military, strategic and political disaster

The Taliban takeover of Kunduz is proof the Afghan National Army cannot manage alone despite the billions of dollars the west throws at it.

post 17 September 2015
'We have no choice': On board with Syrians fleeing their homeland

Middle class Syrians flee their homes and board a ferry from Lebanon to Turkey - the first stage of a dangerous journey to Europe. Are they refugees or migrants? Does it matter?

post 15 September 2015
Migrants and refugees: does opening door make it better or worse?

Another round of insults about who is racist and who is progressive is achieving nothing at all in the stymied, divided, impotent EU.

post 13 September 2015
Syria: A quick reminder

The pitiless Syrian engine of war grinds on. The waves of the displaced seek refuge. The only realistic escape route is Lebanon and Turkey.

post 10 September 2015
Bad and getting worse: why politicians must grasp the Syrian nettle now

What Europe has seen so far is nothing as to what is to come. That means asking some hard questions, including whether the war against Assad should be put on hold?

post 09 September 2015
The lives of the Syrian refugees desperate to leave Lebanon

Ftaym, single mother of five children, gestures up at the bombed-out concrete wreck in the south of the Lebanese capital which is now "home."

post 07 September 2015
Refugee camp: child slavery in everything but name

This is what a real refugee crisis looks like and the more the world turns away with its wallet, the more things fall apart, the more this real crisis will come to the EU.

post 06 September 2015
Refugee crisis? You should see what it's like in Lebanon...

The response to that photo to open doors is entirely understandable. The problem is that it might just make things worse.

post 02 September 2015
Could straight-talking Jezza Corbyn take on the SNP?

The Sturgeonator v Jezza, the stillettoes v the vest - it should be quite a scrap.

post 28 August 2015
Glasgow bin lorry inquiry: 'remarkable lack of compassion'

Tonight in Glasgow and beyond  all the signs are that this painful and tragic accident will remain painful and unresolved in the minds of many, forever. Perhaps this is because although the fatal a

post 19 August 2015
Palmyra's Khaled Asaad: 'I was born here, I will die here'

A colleague in Damascus has spoken to his family, who explained how they feel he was betrayed by 'neighbours'.

post 10 August 2015
How football is tarnished and damaged by ignoring free speech

Gratifyingly, with the new season and the new rash of clubs busy censoring the media, the Great Banning Debate is now very much alive. Good.

post 07 August 2015
Why banning football journalists makes the beautiful game ugly

Football clubs across the UK are banning reporters from their stadiums because they don't like what's being reported. Nowhere else in British public life is this tolerated.

post 04 August 2015
How can it be normal to ban journalists from the football?

There are football clubs in England and Scotland who feel it is perfectly normal to ban any journalist guilty of perpetrating journalism they disapprove of.

post 13 July 2015
EU hopes what Alexis agreed, Athens will enact

Juncker and Merkel saying early today they are confident Athens will do as it is told and as its own leader has negotiated, but the scale of the Greek PM's U-turn remains breath-taking.

post 12 July 2015
Greece crisis: eurozone demands action, not words

"The most important currency has been lost," remarked a rueful Angela Merkel on her way into the Eurozone talks today, "and that is trust."

post 12 July 2015
Greek crisis: an issue of "conditionality" (trust)

It is every bit as much about trust as about economics now. Of course, this being Brussels and this being the EU, nobody would ever use a word as straightforward as "trust".

post 07 July 2015
7/7 : contemplation after a terrifying and confused day

Seeing our camera and tripod, tourists around St Paul's and Aldgate constantly approach to ask what is going on. No need for any inquiries a decade ago as the streets fell empty.