ITV News welcomes Tom Clarke as Science Editor.
“In my 14 years at Channel 4 News I’ve reported on genetic cures for untreatable diseases to the final proof of Einstein’s relativity theories and I’ve worked in fascinating, sometimes dangerous places with brilliant colleagues who I will truly miss. But now I’ve reached escape velocity, I am thrilled to be joining ITV News as Science Editor and a newsroom packed with world class journalists. To me the science and environment brief is the most important there is, covering humanity’s greatest achievements and its gravest threats. I am really excited at the opportunity to bring that to a new audience at ITV.” – Tom Clarke
Tom will be leading all specialist science coverage for ITV News, providing original journalism and detailed analysis of complex scientific thinking and environmental issues.
Currently Science Editor at Channel 4 News, in his new role Tom will work across television, online and social media platforms, as well as contributing towards ITV’s Current Affairs line-up, including the Tonight programme and On Assignment.
Nominated by the prestigious Royal Television Society Journalism Awards for his investigative work on Tamiflu, Tom joined Channel 4 News in 2003 as Science Reporter, before being promoted to Science Correspondent in 2005 and most recently Science Editor in 2012. He has spent 14 years reporting on a range of major science stories for Channel 4 News, from investigating technical flaws in the design of Grenfell Tower and potential major flaws in the Hinkley Point nuclear reactor design, to reporting on the ground during the Ebola crisis in Sierra Leone, analysing the unprecedented speed of warming in the Arctic and following the most ambitious Alzheimer’s trial in a remote village in Colombia where nearly everyone has the disease. He has also reported for Channel 4’s award-winning Dispatches strand and NPR’s Science Friday programme in the United States.
Graduating with a BSC in Zoology from the University of Reading, an MSC in Entomology from Louisiana State University and an MA in Journalism from New York University, Tom spent three years at the beginning of his career building up his expertise as a reporter at Nature Magazine, writing for print and online editions of the world’s leading science journal. Alongside his TV journalism career, Tom sits on the board of Wicked Weather Watch – a charity devoted to getting the topic of climate change into the primary school curriculum.
“I’m really excited Tom will be bringing his expertise and energy to ITV News’s coverage. I’m sure he will enthuse our viewers on issues from space to climate change. We can’t wait for him to join us in the ITV Newsroom.” – Julie Hulme, Director of Newsgathering, ITV News