About Andrew Purcell

interior-aboutUS Correspondent, Sunday Herald
Weekly news reports, including covering two presidential elections from the first primaries in Iowa to the inauguration in Washington DC. In-depth news features about capital punishment, teenagers serving life without parole, police impunity and deadly force, solitary confinement in prisons, the Sandy Hook massacre and gun control legislation, health care reform, attacks on voting rights, campaign finance, the amphetamine epidemic at US universities and the Pentagon’s combat exclusion policy for women.

Freelance writer
As a freelance reporter, primarily for The Age, The Sydney Morning Herald and The Guardian I have had the great honour of interviewing Kurt Vonnegut, Herbie Hancock, Clint Eastwood, Bjork, David Byrne, Debbie Harry, Oliver Stone, Ang Lee, Ornette Coleman, Norman Mailer, Grandmaster Flash, Donald Trump, Steve Martin, Dion de Mucci, Tony Kushner, Gilberto Gil and David Simon, among many others.

I’ve also written a series of reports from Rio de Janeiro, leading up to the 2014 World Cup, about development, persistent inequality and efforts to curb violent crime.

Arts reporter, BBC World Service radio
Regular contributions to the network’s main arts programme, The Strand, both live and packaged. A BBC World Service documentary which I wrote, produced and presented, about the growing problem of homelessness among veterans of the Iraq war, can be heard by clicking here.

In London, I was a member of staff at BBC radio for five years. From my postgraduate journalism course, I won a place on the BBC Broadcast Journalist trainee scheme, receiving a year of intensive instruction in how to make radio and television news programmes. After a short stint as a district reporter at BBC Wiltshire Sound, I moved to Radio 1 Newsbeat, taking a job as a staff reporter at BBC 6 Music a year later.

I have a first class degree in history from Cambridge University and a masters equivalent postgraduate diploma from the Scottish Centre for Journalism Studies in Glasgow. I speak fluent Portuguese, good French and limited conversational Spanish and German. After nine years working in radio I have extensive experience in all technical aspects of the job, including studio production, outside broadcasts, live recording in challenging environments and sound editing using Pro Tools.

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