Pete Leydon

Pete is an award-winning digital and print journalist and has spent 27 years working as a news, sport and investigations reporter, editor and senior lecturer.

He started as a reporter for Yorkshire weekly newspapers in 1992, moving to the North East where he spent six years as an investigations reporter as well as covering all major sports during the Sir John Hall/Newcastle United era.

He also worked as news/content editor at Trinity Mirror, Johnston Press and C&N Group publications throughout the North of England.

In 2009, he founded and continues to run independent digital platform Nantwich News – one of the successful pioneers of the growing hyperlocal industry.

Pete is a Fellow of the HEA and has taught and supervised BA and MA journalism students for 15 years, starting at Salford University (2003-2007) before spending 11 years at Staffordshire University.

He also created one of the first ‘live’ digital platforms embedded into core practical journalism teaching at HE level.

He is a member of the National Council for Training of Journalists (NCTJ) qualifications board as well as a member of the European Journalism Training Association (EJTA).

His research interests centre on the growth and sustainability of hyperlocal journalism as well as the use of live digital platforms as a teaching and learning tool in education.


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