– Media & Creative Arts Storyteller, Adventure Aficionado, Lover of The World-
Brought up in the Middle East, Vicky is open to new cultures and experiences which is highlighted consistently throughout her work. With a background shaped in the creative arts, Vicky continued her passion for communication and story telling as a multi platform presenter, reporter, journalist and producer, as a writer, and in a workshop setting as a facilitator and speaker. She specialises in sourcing original stories and unique individuals to report on and broadcast, connecting with diverse communities.
She has broadcast live on BBC 5 Live and BBC World Have Your Say, reported on radio packages for BBC Radio 1 & 1 Xtra’s Newsbeat, whilst her stories have been highlighted on The Metro, The Independent, BBC Online, BBC Look East, Sky News, ITV Anglia and BBC Radio London.
Vicky is currently a freelance reporter and journalist for BBC Essex where she has put together powerful pieces of radio through research and interviews, everything from a piece on alcoholics in lock down spoken by alcoholics, to organising Chesney Hawkes to surprise an avid fan. She is also a freelance reporter for BBC Radio 1 & 1 Xtra’s Newsbeat, having had her first recent investigation on online scams on festivals commissioned for a festival special. In this, she interviewed the likes of Boomtown Festival and DJ Chris Tofu, to then broadcast the report.
She has previously commented daily on a feature on the Early Breakfast show on BBC Essex, co-presented BBC Essex Quest and her voice can be heard on the news in voice pieces, as well as a voice over in “Around The Wicket“, the seasonal cricket show on BBC Essex. As well as this, she has been trained to provide cover as an assistant producer for Pick of The Pops on BBC Radio 2. She also produces, presents and edits her own podcast called “Let’s Go Kickass Today” combining her passions in life of Music, Adventure and Culture.
In the past, she has broadcast traffic for BBC Essex, BBC Solent, Eagle Radio, Talk Sport, KLFM and Jack Oxford, as well as worked as a producer and presenter for the UKRD stations: eagle3, Eagle Radio and KLFM and the independent station, Mi-Soul Radio. Highlights from some of her experiences in radio are; sharing her travel experiences on BBC World Have Your Say, co-hosting the Breakfast show with George Kay for a year on Mi-Soul Radio, supporting unsigned musicians on her evening show on eagle3 and reporting live from a waxing salon whilst getting her legs waxed for BBC Essex.
In addition to radio, Vicky is currently researching and presenting at events across London for Winkball. Highlights include reporting at Eid Festival, interviewing DJ Spen at Southport Weekender, interviewing campaigners at the World Naked Bike Ride, reporting on the Audio Production Awards for three years in a row and interviewing journalists at the 2018 News Rewired Digital Conference sponsored by Thomson Reuters.
Vicky’s storytelling also transfers into a workshop setting; facilitating workshops and giving talks focusing on empowering its participants on themes such as “Owning Your Superpower of Being Too Much”, basic drama skills, issue based work, or highlighting various forms of storytelling across media and the creative arts. This has led her work for a number of companies such as Bush Theatre, NCS The Challenge and Freshwater Theatre Company. Highlights of her career in the arts include; performing at the UEFA Championship final as a dancer at Wembley in 2011, dancing in a flash mob for the Royal Ballet, facilitating introductory radio workshops on behalf of Eagle Radio and facilitating creative workshops in prison.
On paper, Vicky continuously pens her travel experiences, reactions to current affairs and interviews musicians and artists for a number of various online magazines and companies, as well as writing on this website. Highlights include; writing about her lock down experiences for The Metro, her opinion on smoking for The Independent, interviewing musician Jorrel on using music as a catharsis after suffering from domestic abuse for Public Pressure and writing a self reflective piece for Thought Catalog.
Vicky’s diverse skill set highlights her versatility and vast imagination, and her infectious enthusiasm for life and creative energy drives her purpose behind her practice, which she brings to all aspects of her work.
Throughout all the platforms which Vicky works on, she aims to provide a voice to the voiceless, encouraging and empowering people to speak out on topics she feels passionate about such as; humanitarian values, international news, world affairs, travel, adventure, extreme sports, culture, women’s rights, music, arts and the justice system.
Having travelled solo since she was 12 and beginning to backpack to far corners of the globe since the age of 18, Vicky is no stranger to adrenaline, adventure and adaptability. She believes in living life to the full which constantly challenges her own being and enjoys inspiring others to do the same, because of this, she’s created a trending hashtag: #LetsGoKickAssToday. You can find out what is on her bucket list by clicking here.
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