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Ex-local press journalist recalls life in the newsroom

A former local and national press journalist has lifted the lid on life in the newsroom in his latest book.

Cardiff born and bred, Tom Davies worked the Western Mail during the 1960s and went on to write for the Sunday Telegraph, Sunday Times and the Guardian.

The Reporter’s Tale is a memoir of his life before his journalism career during which he travelled the world and worked in Africa, Australia and America and took jobs as a social worker and seaman among other roles.

It also chronicles his experience as a journalist and columnist.

Tom name checks and describes some of the journalists he encountered in that Cardiff newsroom in his career such as John Cosslett, Walter Greenman, Brian Radford, Bert Michelle and the former Western Mail editor John Humphries – not to be confused with the Welsh-born radio presenter of the same name.

The book looks at the global media and also life in a newsroom from the days of hot metal.

It is published by Berwyn Mountain Press and costs £7.99.


Dai Smile (20/04/2010 13:06:54)
John Humphries – a name that after 40 years still sends shivers down the spines of a generation of trainee hacks.