Charles Thomson is a multi-award winning writer.
Described by media experts as a 'livewire' and a 'credit to his profession', he has won accolades as an investigative journalist, a court reporter and feature writer. By his 25th birthday, his stories had appeared in the Sun, the Mirror, the Guardian, the Daily Star, the Daily Mail, MOJO, Wax Poetics, the Huffington Post and many other publications.
In 2009 he won a Guardian Student Media Award for his in-depth feature 'James Brown: The Lost Album', in which he interviewed the Godfather of Soul's closest collaborators to tell the story of his final recording sessions. Judges described it as 'one of the best pieces of student journalism we'd seen in a long time, if not ever'.
In 2012 he won 'Best Newcomer - Highly Commended' at the HoldTheFrontPage Regional Media Awards. At the same awards in 2014 he was declared 'Weekly Print Journalist of the Year' for his work at the Yellow Advertiser, one of Britain's largest regional newspapers, where he works as Chief Reporter. He also won 'Campaign of the Year - Highly Commended'.
In 2016 he was shortlisted for 'Specialist Writer of the Year' at the national Society of Editors Regional Press Awards, for a portfolio of campaigning environmental journalism whose revelations had influenced local government decision-making.
Later that year he won the first of two prestigious national awards for an investigation into a historic paedophile ring, which unearthed a number of whistleblowers and prompted police to reopen a 25-year-old case. In 2016 he won the 'Local Hero - Highly Commended' award at the British Journalism Awards. In 2017, he won 'Weekly Reporter of the Year - Highly Commended' at the Society of Editors Regional Press Awards. In the same year, his investigation was included, alongside stories from natinonal newspapers like the Guardian and the Sunday Times, in a national exhibition about 'The Power of News'.
In 2010 - aged just 21 - Charles joined the Huffington Post as a blogger, making him - at that time - one of its youngest ever contributors. His articles highlighting distortion and propaganda in the media - particularly in relation to the Michael Jackson trial - led to a string of television and radio appearances across Europe and America. The articles have also been referenced in numerous top-selling Jackson biographies.