Paul Mason is an award-winning journalist, broadcaster and author. Renowned as an intelligent and vastly experienced journalist, Paul is a widely respected commentator on economics, society and culture.
Paul was Economics Editor for Channel 4 News from 2013-2015 covering all aspects of the UK and global economy, markets, labour and commerce. He also covered the Gaza war in 2014 from the front line and can speak about the experience of modern hi-tech warfare from the civilian and journalist point of view.
He was Business Correspondent then Economics Editor for BBC Newsnight from 2001-2013. His first live appearance on Newsnight was on the day of the September 11 attacks in 2001. 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 left wing government in Bolivia.
Paul has written a series of books covering contemporary economics and politics, including ‘Post Capitalism: A Guide to Our Future’(2015), in which he discusses the threat posed to capitalism by the digital revolution – its potential to reshape our notions of work, production and value; and to destroy an economy based on markets and private ownership. In ‘Why It’s Kicking Off Everywhere’, he shined 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 examined the epic history of the labour movement; and in Meltdown he described the roots of the 2008 financial crisis.
Since going freelane in 2016 Paul has written for the Guardian, New Statesman, Le Monde Diplomatique, Der Freitag, The Nation and El Diario.
He produced and narrated the documentary series #ThisIsACoup – with unparalleled access to the Greek government during the 2015 crisis that saw the country’s banks closed. For the BBC he wrote the two part radio series Wagner: Power, Sex and Revolution and has fronted numerous documentaries, reporting from the slums of Manila to the boardrooms of British business.
Paul is currently writing a book analysing the ethical, political and social challenges of Artificial Intelligence and algorithmic control and can speak critically about the industry, and government’s current grasp of the challenges automation and intelligent machines pose to human autonomy.
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. 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.
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