Jo has been a journalist for over three decades. She started as a trainee reporter covering town council meetings and village fetes on the Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard and then moved onto The Plymouth Evening Herald before working freelance for The Independent and the The Observer.
In 1992 Jo set off to Moscow with an old-fashioned typewriter in her bag and spent six months travelling around the Soviet Union reporting on the tumultuous events that led to its collapse - which she reported on for the, now gone, European and the Moscow Tribune.
In 1997, armed with a digital video camera, Jo travelled to southern Sudan to report on the civil war and came back with video stories that made the top of the news bulletins at the Associated Press TV.
This was followed by a trip to war-torn Sierra Leone where Jo gained exclusive access to children abducted during the war and being held by the rebels. Jo filmed the brutal Revolutionary United Front hand over the boys and girls to the United Nations in their jungle hideout and later their reunification with their parents. She also was the first western journalist into Makeni, the rebel stronghold after the conflict.
She was later the Associated Press TV stringer in Singapore covering South East Asia and reported on stories such as the Asian tsunami, the Bali terror attacks, East Timor’s independence, Burma and SARS.
She singlehandedly made a documentary, for BBC4, on the Impact of the tsunami on the surviving staff of an Aceh newspaper. They had all lost family members and their homes but they continued to publish their newspaper to help inform their countryfolk on where to get help.
She filmed with award-winning BBC reporter Andrew Harding on his documentary Undercover Burma.
Jo is also a professional photographer specialising in portraits and corporate events.
She has a passion for travel and documentary photography and has travelled widely pursuing this. She recently photographed a series of projects in Kyrgyzstan which was recently featured in the Independent Travel pages.
Jo has exhibited her work internationally and was runner up in the Travel Photographer of the Year and the Joan Wakelin Bursary competition. She has achieved her ARPS distinction with the Royal Photographic Society. Her work is available for sale.
Jo has lived in London, Singapore and Dubai and now spends her time between London and Gloucestershire. She continues to work freelance in TV but also works with companies and individuals to promote themselves through social media.
One of Jo’s unique selling points is that she can offer both photography and video to companies.