– 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 reporter, broadcast journalist, presenter 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.
Vicky is a freelance broadcast journalist and reporter for the BBC, researching powerful stories to share and piece together and broadcast. Her stories have included a powerful piece on alcoholism told by alcoholics which was also highlighted on BBC News; producing and broadcasting a report on online scams for BBC Radio 1 and 1Xtra’s Newsbeat, she put together an exclusive on those who have been Excluded by the government’s SEISS for BBC Essex, highlighting families heart wrenching stories on the COVID 19 enquiry, an NHS doctor who had coronavirus and couldn’t afford to pay her bills and reported on BBC 5live on a stabbing in Surrey. She is a versatile journalist, one minute highlighting the struggles an individual is facing, another putting together a joyful story on care homes together, which is then further shared on BBC Look East, BBC News, BBC Breakfast, Sky News, ITV Meriden, Good Morning Britain and the Daily Mail, and sharing her experiences of dating in lockdown on BBC Radio 4.
Vicky prides herself on her communication skills, establishing a personal connection with anyone and everyone, both on and off air, and has booked high calibre guests such as AJ Pritchard, Chesney Hawkes, Adrian Chiles and Alistair Plunkett for local radio. She is a confident and competent broadcast journalist, reporter, presenter, podcast host and producer, and has interviewed music lovers at Keith Flint’s funeral, to broadcasting live whilst getting her legs waxed. Vicky used to produce the BBC Essex Early Breakfast show and would present an engaging feature with Rob Jelly every morning for listeners, as well as report for the Mid Morning show, which succeeded in improving RAJAR figures for the station. Her voice can also be heard on news voice pieces and voice overs for BBC Essex Sports. 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.
Prior to joining the BBC, Vicky was a radio producer and presenter for commercial stations for the radio group UKRD, co-hosting the Mi-Soul Breakfast show with George Kay and broadcasting traffic updates for Talk Sport and Jack Oxford.
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; researching and writing a piece on alcoholism for BBC News, writing about her lockdown 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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