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Deputy editor lands celebrity guests as he launches new podcast

A deputy editor has launched his own podcast – with the interviews resulting from it also being published as a double-page spread.

Rodney Edwards, of the Impartial Reporter, has launched ‘Human Nature’, with Sinn Fein President Mary Lou McDonald and This Morning host Eamonn Holmes appearing on the first two episodes.

Both episodes have so far attracted national media attention and provided a Q&A style feature across two pages in the Enniskillen-based Reporter.

Rodney told HTFP: “I first came up with the idea last year and went out and bought the equipment. With lockdown and working from home I decided to give it a go and have been doing interviews via Zoom.

How the Eamonn Holmes interview appeared in the Report

How the Eamonn Holmes interview appeared in the Report

“It’s not how I planned on doing things but the wonders of technology has made it possible. Instead of going off to Dublin, an hour and a half away, or flying to London I’ve been able to do these interviews from my spare bedroom.”

He added: “Each episode features a notable across Ireland north and south reflecting on their journey through life; how they navigate through the daily pressures; deal with emotion; balance mindfulness, make decisions and make sense of the chaos. They explain the lessons they have learned along the way and share stories of struggle and accomplishment.

“It is, I hope, a thought-provoking and engaging conversation on beliefs, memories, ideas and principles as well as exploring topics from different angles and with fresh perspectives.”

The podcast is available to listen to on iTunes, Spotify, YouTube and the Reporter’s website.