Ian Cobain has been a journalist for more than 30 years and is currently a senior reporter with The Guardian. He attended the full-year NCTJ pre-entry course at Harlow College from 1983-84 and completed his NCTJ qualifications in 1985 while working as a reporter at the Luton News.
Before joining The Guardian 10 years ago Ian was chief reporter and home editor of The Times. He has worked in 40-odd different countries, reported on six wars and has won half-a-dozen major awards, including the Paul Foot Award, the Martha Gellhorn Prize and a human rights award from Liberty.
“I had a great time at Harlow and what I learned there provided the foundation for a rewarding career. I love the way in which people can enter our craft in so many different ways - and its good to see young aspiring journalists publishing themselves - but my experience tells me that there is no better way to start than to receive a thorough, basic training. It’s been the making of so many journalists."