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Matt Frei

Europe Editor
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Matt Frei is Europe Editor and Presenter at Channel 4 News

Matt Frei is Europe Editor and Presenter at Channel 4 News.

This year he has led the Channel 4 News coverage of events in Ukraine from the crash site of Malaysia flight MH17, to the tensions in Crimea and reported live from Independence Square on Kiev’s bloodiest day. He has also secured major interviews with Bill Clinton, George W Bush and Aung San Suu Kyi.

Prior to his appointment as Europe Editor for Channel 4 News, Frei was the Washington Correspondent for two years and has reported on the Americas on everything from business and culture to US foreign policy and its view of the world.

He is also part of the presenting team across Channel 4's news and current affairs portfolio, including the award-winning Dispatches programme.

Matt previously anchored the BBC World News America bulletin and was also Washington Correspondent. He presented a weekly radio show called Americana, and in two decades at the corporation reported from Bonn, Rome, Bosnia, Kosovo, North Africa, Hong Kong and Singapore.

He is the author of two books: Italy: The Unfinished Revolution published in 1996 by Random House and Mandarin books and Only In America published in 2008 by 4th Estate.

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article 06 November 2014 UK
News
Tower of London poppies: should they stay or go?

Some four million people have flocked to see a crimson tide of ceramic poppies filing the moat of the Tower of London. But should they now be removed as originally intended?

post 29 October 2014
The 'dark secret' awaiting two Bulgarian immigrants

The boys consulted the village witch about the journey to Germany and they thumbed the car magazines that contained the object of their ardent desire: a second-hand BMW.

video 29 October 2014 World, Germany

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The 'European dream' that turns into a nightmare

To many young Bulgarians, moving to Germany for work has become a right of passage. But a better life isn't always what awaits them. Watch the report in full on Channel 4 News at 7pm.

post 28 October 2014
Is UK letting migrants drown as they cross the Med?

The British government is committing one - yes, one - solitary "debriefer" to the Europe-wide effort to alleviate the worst refugee crisis in Europe since WWII.

post 01 October 2014
How mild mannered protest in Hong Kong is rocking China

The Chinese press is branding the protesters extremists and agents of chaos and disruption - but I have rarely seen such a mild mannered mass protest.

video 30 September 2014 World, China

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'Hong Kong wants equal rights', says protest leader - video

The teenage protest leader Joshua Wong, who was arrested on Friday during a police crackdown in Hong Kong, says that people of every generation in Hong Kong will 'stand in the street' for change.

post 30 September 2014
Hong Kong's protesters are digging in for the long haul

This is Maidan at 35 degrees and 98 percent humidity. There is the same sense of quiet determination and organisation. They are digging in for the long haul.

article 25 September 2014 World, Israel
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On the shores with the thousands dying to reach Europe

More than 2,000 people, desperate to reach Europe, have died in Mediterranean waters in just the last three months. Channel 4 News meets some of the survivors as they land in Sicily.

video 12 September 2014 UK

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'Did you ever target Ian Paisley?' - McGuinness interview

Channel 4 News asks Martin McGuinness if, as a former senior commander in the IRA, he could remember ever targeting Ian Paisley - the unionist leader he went on to work with in government.

post 11 September 2014
Scotland sets Madrid and Barcelona on path to confrontation

Events in Scotland have inspired pro-independence Catalans. But if Catalonia does become independent, it could effectively mean the end of Spain.

post 04 September 2014
Ukraine and Islamic State crises give Nato new purpose

The threats from Islamic State and the Russian intervention in Ukraine have changed the mood at the Nato summit as leaders face a dangerous new world reality.

video 03 September 2014 World, Ukraine

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Ukraine crisis: echoes of 2008 Russian invasion of Georgia?

Georgian President Giorgi Margvelashvili tells Channel 4 News that the crisis in Ukraine is partly due to the fact that Russia was not "made to pay" enough for its invasion of Georgia.

post 29 August 2014
Faced with Russia's Putin, 'no drama Obama' doesn't look good

The US may have become more cynical about the impact of a president. But it still cherishes the aura of the office - which means "no drama Obama" simply won't do.

video 29 August 2014 UK

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Ukip shows off Carswell and targets more MPs - video

The defection of MP Douglas Carswell from the Conservatives to Ukip means all anyone wants to know now is whether Nigel Farage has any more rabbits in his hat.

post 27 August 2014
Why there are fewer jihadis from the US than Britain

The authorities think that America has spawned several dozen jihadis as opposed to Britain's several hundred. This is because America has a totally different relationship to its ethnic minorities.

video 24 August 2014 World, Ukraine

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Parading captured troops in Donetsk - video

Around 100 captured Ukrainian troops are paraded through Donetsk by pro-Russian separatists. The episode - which may breach the Geneva Convention - came as Ukraine celebrated its independence day.

post 24 August 2014
Militants, extremists... or murderous thugs?

By calling themselves Islamic State, the killers of James Foley have created a lie since they are neither a state nor very Islamic.

post 22 August 2014
Why US foreign policy is like 'smoking without inhaling'

To America, the Middle East is like a balloon. If you squeeze it in one corner it will bulge in another. You just can't be sure where.

video 21 August 2014 UK

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Farage: UK should strip jihadists of citizenship - video

Ukip leader Nigel Farage calls for militants fighting for Islamic State to be barred from returning to UK, regardless of EU law.