|Brian was running towards the World Trade Center when it came down on September 11, 2001 and was the first British journalist to reach Ground Zero hours later. The descriptive first-person pieces he wrote for The Sun newspaper during the aftermath won him much admiration from fellow professionals in the media and acclaim from critics on rival newspapers.
After leaving Wellsway School in Keynsham, Bristol, at 18 to study journalism on a newspaper-run course in Cardiff, Brian began his career at the Western Gazette Weekly in Yeovil, Somerset.
He then progressed onto the Bristol Evening Post
before joining an agency writing for national newspapers
and finally fulfilling his lifelong ambition to
become a staff reporter on The Sun, which is the
largest English language newspaper in the world.
Since joining ten years ago, he has been Night News
Editor and was The Sun's New York Correspondent
for three and a half years, living in Manhattan
until returning in early 2005 to lead the newspaper's
As a news reporter, his assignments have ranged
from covering a dog addicted to chewing car tyres,
and taking on the world's top competitive eaters
in a televised chip-eating contest, to acting as
a war correspondent on the front line in the Kosovo
War and working from the White House during the
more recent Afghanistan and Iraq conflicts.
His masterclass enabled him to combine his love
of words with his love of art, having recently completed
two degrees in art history - a first class B.A.
Honours degree and an M.A. with distinction - during
his spare time.