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Award winning reporter joins publisher’s investigations team

Charles Thomson 1An award-winning journalist has been recruited to a regional publisher’s investigations unit.

Charles Thomson, formerly of the Yellow Advertiser, has joined Archant as an investigations reporter covering four titles in London and Hertfordshire – the Romford Recorder, Ham & High, Herts Advertiser and The Comet series.

Charles, pictured, won Weekly Reporter of the Year at the Regional Press Awards last year and was also the recipient of the inaugural Ray Fitzwalter Award for investigative journalism in 2018.

He was chief reporter at the Basildon-based Advertiser prior to its closure by Tindle Newspapers in June 2019, and has been freelancing since.

The Advertiser was later revived as a digital-only operation by editor Mick Ferris.

Charles said: “It’s a real honour to join the Archant investigations unit. I’ve long been an admirer of their work.

“It’s been an unusual start – working remotely, amid a national lockdown, on some of the more hidden impacts of the coronavirus pandemic – but I am enjoying the challenge and I look forward to working on many more exciting investigations in the future.”

Emily Townsend, chief reporter at the East Anglian Daily Times and Ipswich Star, has also been appointed as investigations correspondent for Archant’s Suffolk titles.

Investigations editor Tom Bristow said: “I’m over the moon to be working with two such brilliant journalists. I can’t wait to see what they produce and I’m very excited for the future.”


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  • April 2, 2020 at 11:01 am

    The Archant Investigations Unit has come on in leaps and bounds since Tom has been head of the section, producing some really first content using proper investigative journalism.
    Good luck to the new recruits on your appointments, I’m sure Tom will guide you well and individually you’ll flourish!
    Keep up the good work

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  • April 3, 2020 at 10:47 am

    Met Charlie at the Regional Press Awards; I don’t think he needs much guidance from anybody. Delighted to see such a dedicated and talented journalist going somewhere he’ll be appreciated more than he was by Tindle.

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  • April 3, 2020 at 12:36 pm

    In a new job everyone needs guidance and support no matter how experienced they are. Good luck to both Charles and Emily on the appointments

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