About

I’m a British journalist living and working in Doha, Qatar, where I’m currently Editor-at-large at innovative local news website Doha News, as well as a freelance writer and reporter for publications and broadcasting companies around the world.

Before moving to Qatar in 2009 I was a broadcast journalist in London for 9 years. My career began at Reuters, where I was a radio newsreader. Next, I moved to the BBC News website, as a producer for its fledgling audio and video section. Here, I won the BBC News website’s original journalism prize. Three years later, I moved into TV at the BBC News Channel and the BBC One o’Clock national news for several years, before moving on to my final post at the BBC – as Transport Producer, working with Transport Correspondent Tom Symonds, researching and producing specialist news pieces for the whole BBC network.

I’ve been in Doha for five years, during which time I’ve freelanced for a wide range of outlets, including Al Jazeera, the BBC and CNN, and radio stations BBC 5 Live, BBC Radio 4, QF Radio and Monocle 24 ;  British newspapers The Telegraph and The Independent; magazines Good Housekeeping Middle East, Scientific American,  Time Out Doha, Oryx In-Flight Premium (the Qatar Airways in-flight magazine), New York Times Style Qatar, Bespoke (for the St Regis Hotel group), women’s magazine Abode,  events magazine Qatar Happening, business magazine The EDGE, Preferred Lifestyles (for the Preferred Hotels group), Alef magazine and FACT Qatar.

I also act as a proofreader and copy editor.  I’ve recently finished editing and co-writing new book Qatar Success Stories.

I can write about pretty much anything, but my areas of specialist knowledge are travel, transport (particularly aviation) food, health, education and kids.

I have a PG Dip in Broadcast Journalism from City University, London and a degree in English Language and Literature from King’s College, London.

7 responses to “About

  1. Fascinating! How nice to *meet* you! I’m so impressed that you manage to do all this GREAT work, with a toddler! We do have a lot in common. I’ll just see if I can find you on Twitter….

  2. anxious boyf

    Really interesting. My girlfriend moved out to Doha about 2 months ago as she is working now for Qatar Airways. She is going to have to live there for 3 years and so it is interesting reading this blog as well as the links you have on your blogroll. Any advice I could pass onto her?

    • Hello! The best advice I can give is to get out and explore. Take regular trips out of Doha, go out for nice meals with friends, take classes and make lots of friends. Oh, and go on regular trips away, and return happy. Hope she has a great time!

  3. Mer

    I am loving your blog! Do you have any references/advice for a single girl mulling a job offer in Doha?

  4. Good to find your blog Victoria! You are truly an inspiration. Keep up the good job!

  5. Currently considering to move to Qatar for working reasons. Very useful information. Thanks!

  6. Hello Mam !
    As part of my today’s blogging 101 assignment, taking the opportunity to let you know how much you inspire me. Before relocating to Doha, I was following your tweets regularly, and only recently did I come across your blog in wordpress. Love your writing :)
    I am yet to find a job here, and thus life is being a tad difficult. My specialisation is in English and Journalism. Do you have any advice for me in this regard ?

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