Paul Mason is an award-winning journalist, broadcaster and author. He is the former Channel 4 News Economics Editor and was formerly the programme's Culture and Digital Editor. He was Economics Editor and Business Correspondent for BBC Newsnight from 2001-13.
Mason is an intelligent and vastly experienced journalist with a great track record in scoops. He is a widely respected commentator on economics, society and culture. His role at Channel 4 News includes reporting on economic issues all over the world including the culture wars and social changes which have been unleashed in the past decade with the growth of social media, rolling revolutions and unrest.
In 2001, Mason joined the BBC 2 television programme Newsnight as Business Editor. His first live appearance on Newsnight was on the day of the September 11 attacks in 2001. At Newsnight he covered stories as diverse as the corporate scandals of Enron and Worldcom, Hurricane Katrina, gang violence in Liverpool, the social impact of mobile phones in Africa, and the rise of Aymara nationalism in Bolivia. In 2008 Mason appeared as the key talent in a new five-part BBC series Credit Crash Britain.
Paul has written a series of books covering contemporary economics and politics. In Why It’s Kicking Off Everywhere, he shines a light on the new activism, from cyber-protest in the Arab Spring to the Occupy movement. In Live Working Or Die Fighting: How The Working Class Went Global, he examines the epic history of the labour movement; in Meltdown he explores ‘the age of greed.’ He has also written a novel, Rare Earth, in which a journalist journeys through the seamier side of China.
Mason spent the first ten years of his working life as a professional musicologist. In 1991 he became a freelance journalist, and from 1995- 2001 he worked for Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier, on titles including Contract Journal, Community Care and Computer Weekly. As deputy editor of Computer Weekly he was part of a team that uncovered a series of IT disasters and controversies. During the dotcom boom Mason launched E-Business Review and was consulting editor for the launch of CW360.com. He also contributed articles to the Daily Express and the Mail on Sunday.
He has been twice shortlisted for the Orwell Prize, won the Wincott Award for Business Journalism in 2003, the Workworld Broadcaster of the Year in 2004, and the Diageo African Business Reporting Award in 2007. His report on the social movements behind Bolivian president Evo Morales was cited when Newsnight was awarded the Orwell Prize in 2007. He was named the Royal Television Society's specialist reporter of the year in 2012 for his coverage of the economic crisis and social unrest in southern Europe.