Mixed race (British-Zimbabwean), dual nationality (British-USA), bi-lingual (English-Welsh). Sean is a journalist who represents modern Britain. His multicultural heritage and personable broadcasting style means he reaches out to a wide range of audiences.
This is best illustrated by him mixing his presenting role on BBC Countryfile, regularly Britain’s most watched factual programme, with ITV’s breakfast show, Good Morning Britain, alongside Piers Morgan, Susanna Reid, Ben Shephard, Charlotte Hawkins and Kate Garraway.
It’s a job which has taken him to Australia, the USA, and Brazil, where he broadcast from the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Closer to home he played a part in the programme’s election coverage, grilling the leader of Plaid Cymru, Leanne Wood. Sean was put through a physical grilling when he ran the London Marathon in 2015, raising more than £5,000 for Beating Bowel Cancer. He raised a further £30,000 for the charity when he and his wife won ITV’s All Star Mr & Mrs. Here are his best bits.
It follows 3 years broadcasting on Sky News and Sky Sports News. Prior to that Sean displayed his talents at the BBC in Sport, News and documentaries. He was the face of sport on BBC One’s Weekend 10 O’Clock News, the BBC News Channel and BBC World News. He fronted BBC World’s coverage of the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa, and has been a regular feature in the Six Nations Championship, Wimbledon and Grand National coverage. He has spent time filming in the USA, France and Jamaica in recent years, and has interviewed the likes of Bradley Wiggins, Rebecca Adlington, David Beckham, Tiger Woods and Ryan Giggs. Other notable sporting events like the London Olympics, the Glasgow Commonwealth Games, the 2015 Rugby World Cup, and The Tour de France are also on his CV.
As well as sport, Sean has been a news reporter and presenter for BBC London, BBC Breakfast, the BBC One O’Clock News and the News Channel where he demonstrated his ability to communicate difficult stories in an engaging, authoritative and amiable way, covering issues surrounding immigration, people trafficking, prostitution, fatherhood, ethnicity, identity, and knife crime.
He has fronted a number of documentaries from the abolition of the slave trade to Britain’s growing mixed race population. Sean also unearthed the largely unknown civil rights story of the ordinary couple who ended the racist law which banned mixed race marriages in the USA in the 1960s. In a BBC programme called Loving vs Virginia he told his personal journey, back to his roots in the USA where he was born to a black mum and a white dad. It was shortlisted for the ‘BBC World best doc of the year’ award.
He attended Felsted School before completing a degree in Geography at King’s College London (2i hons). At university he conducted a research project with Angolans, Congolese and Zimbabweans in a Zambian refugee camp. The project was supported by the Oxford University Refugee Studies Centre and the Royal Geographical Society. He also spent time in Mozambique, Malawi, Tanzania, Kenya, Zimbabwe, Nepal and India. Sean’s has also achieved grade 7 singing, grade 6 piano and grade 5 violin, and is a trained music producer.
His ability to operate a music studio and his experience researching in difficult environments attracted interest from the BBC, and in the late 1990s he began his journalism career reporting and researching for BBC Radio 4’s Late Tackle programme, and on BBC Radio 5 Live. Opportunities arose to produce and report in Cardiff on BBC One and BBC Two Wales, as well as BBC Radio Wales. During that time he worked on a TV documentary in war-torn Croatia. While in Wales he was invited to be a part of an exciting new line up fronting a new programme called BBC 2W News and Sport. It proved to be the springboard for his broadcasting career, and led to him presenting the sport on BBC Wales Today.
It’s in the Welsh capital where he has best demonstrated his interest and ability in languages. He set about learning welsh with his children and is now bi-lingual. Sean attends a church in central London and so has an insight and special knowledge in a range of areas – travel, music, language and religion.