Claire Whitaker


Claire Whitaker is the chair of Fair Observer. She is a video journalist and media trainer, with nearly two decades of experience at the BBC and Agence France-Presse (AFP). Prior to going solo, Claire worked as AFP’s Africa editor for the agency’s video service, where she commissioned, coordinated and directed coverage of breaking news in sub-Saharan Africa. As editor, she trained and supported AFP's entire network of video journalists across the African continent. Before becoming the Africa editor, Claire worked as a video correspondent in London, Paris and Johannesburg, where she covered the death of Nelson Mandela and the trial of Oscar Pistorius. She now runs Sequentially, a video production company based in London. Recent projects include setting up an in-house studio for a leading public relations firm and shooting news stories for a financial news publication. Claire studied modern history at Magdalen College, Oxford University before completing a postgraduate diploma in broadcast journalism.


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