Charles Thomson is a multi-award winning journalist, having achieved accolades in fields as diverse as court reporting, showbiz, feature writing and investigative journalism. His work has been praised by journalists including 14-time New York Times bestseller J Randy Taraborrelli and legendary AP court reporter Linda Deutsch.
A freelance writer since his late teens, by age 21 Charles had won a prestigious Guardian Student Media Award and become one of the youngest writers ever to be given his own blog at the Huffington Post (US). He even found time, in the middle of writing his university dissertation, to become the first journalist in the world to report Michael Jackson's imminent arrival in London to announce his ill-fated This Is It concerts.
Since then he has been commended three times at the EDF Regional Media Awards. In 2013 he received a Highly Commended award in the 'Newcomer of the Year' category - an award given for interviews with controversial characters Michael Barrymore and Lord Hanningfield, and the exclusive revelation of a child sex abuse cover-up in a Jehovah's Witness church.
In 2015 he was Highly Commended in the 'Campaign of the Year' category after successfully lobbying for the closure of a dangerous pathway which caused a young man's death.
At the same ceremony he was declared 'Weekly Print Journalist of the Year'. The award was given for his road safety campaigning and two additional pieces of investigative journalism. One exposed schools quietly sacking teachers who had sex abuse complaints upheld against them, instead of reporting them to police. Another revealed how a life-sentence murder convict had escaped prison and remained at large after bureaucracy meant a Government agency refused to tell police where he was hiding out, for fear of breaching 'Data Protection' laws.
Charles is best known for his in-depth features. In 2009 he was handed a Highly Commended award in the 'Feature Writer of the Year' category at the Guardian Student Media Awards, for an article about the final years of James Brown. Awards judges described the piece as, "Fantastic - incredibly well researched, great quotes, great access and very well-written. We thought it was the best piece of student journalism we'd read in a long time, if not ever."
Less than a year later his article 'One of the Most Shameful Episodes in Journalistic History', which examined the media's reporting of the Michael Jackson trial, went viral and has since become his most enduring work to date, shared by fans around the world every year on the anniversary of Jackson's acquittal. Among its fans is Jackson's lawyer from the trial, Thomas Mesereau, who sends it to journalists as a resource. It has been referenced in two popular books on the singer - Joe Vogel's 'Man in the Music' and Randall Sullivan's 'Untouchable'.
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