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Writers and editors on TheWeek.co.uk

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Holden Frith is The Week’s digital director, a role in which he is responsible for digital strategy, product development and editorial direction. He also makes regular appearances on The Week Unwrapped podcast, speaking about subjects as diverse as vaccine development and bionic bomb-sniffing locusts. He joined The Week in 2013, spending five years editing the magazine’s website before moving into his current role. Before that, he was deputy digital editor at The Sunday Times, where he was part of the team that launched the newspaper’s digital subscription service – and was responsible for day-to-day production on the app and website. He has also been TheTimes.co.uk’s technology editor and the launch editor of Wired magazine’s UK website.

Holden has worked in journalism for nearly two decades, having started his professional career while completing an English literature degree at Cambridge University. He followed that with a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University in Chicago. A keen photographer, he also writes travel features whenever he gets the chance.

Hollie Clemence is the executive editor at TheWeek.co.uk. She joined the team in 2011 and spent six years as news editor for the site, during which time the country had three general elections, a Brexit referendum, a Covid pandemic and a new generation of British royals. Before that, she was a reporter for IHS Jane’s Police Review, and  travelled around the country interviewing police chiefs, politicians and rank-and-file officers, occasionally from the back of a helicopter or police van.

In between an English literature bachelor’s degree from Cardiff University and a master’s in magazine journalism from City University, she spent five months living in Accra and Shanghai, working on a Ghanian national newspaper, a lifestyle and entertainment magazine and a radio station. As well as editing a series of specialist career titles and university alumni magazines, she has written for a range of publications and websites including TheTimes.co.uk, Police Oracle and the World Entertainment News Network (WENN). Find her on Twitter @hollieclemence.

Kari Wilkin is the managing editor at TheWeek.co.uk. She joined the site as production editor in 2017, after moving across from The Week magazine. Her career as a journalist began in national newspapers including The Sun, where she was a features sub-editor for more than six years. She also edited news stories at Metro, the Daily Star and News of the World. A shift into magazines saw her helping to launch the UK edition of Women’s Health, as chief sub-editor with a sideline in writing, followed by stints at Elle and Asda Magazine.

She has also written travel and lifestyle articles for titles including The Daily Telegraph and The Sun, and is a regular contributor on award-winning podcast The Week Unwrapped. She speaks Norwegian, having studied at Oslo University for a year with the now-defunct Erasmus scheme as part of her degree in English language and literature. After graduating from Leeds University, she spent a year teaching in Fukushima, so she knows a bit of Japanese too. Find her on Twitter @KariWilkin.

Mike Starling is the digital features editor at TheWeek.co.uk, where he writes content and edits the Arts & Life, Business and Sport sections of the website. He started his career in 2001 in Gloucestershire as a trainee sports reporter and sub-editor and has since held various roles as a writer and editor at news, travel and B2B publications. 

Sport is his specialist subject, but the growth of the sporting industry in the past 20 years has seen him cover the related business, tourism and marketing arenas as much as the action on the field. He has spoken at a number of sports business conferences and also worked as a consultant creating sports travel content for tourism boards. His international experience includes spells living and working in Dubai, UAE; Brisbane, Australia; and Beirut, Lebanon. He has worked on many publication launches, including a daily newspaper, travel magazine and news website. 

Joe Evans is the world news editor at TheWeek.co.uk. He joined the team in 2019 and held roles including deputy news editor and acting news editor before moving into his current position in early 2021. He is a regular panellist on The Week Unwrapped podcast, discussing politics and foreign affairs. 

Before joining The Week, he worked as a freelance journalist covering the UK and Ireland for German newspapers and magazines. A series of features on Brexit and the Irish border got him nominated for the Hostwriter Prize in 2019. Prior to settling down in London, he lived and worked in Cambodia, where he ran communications for a non-governmental organisation and worked as a journalist covering Southeast Asia. He has a master’s degree in journalism from City, University of London, and before that studied English Literature at the University of Manchester. He can be found on Twitter @joeevanswrites.

Kate Samuelson is TheWeek.co.uk’s online magazine editor and works closely with both the digital and print teams. She is also a regular guest on award-winning podcast The Week Unwrapped, where she often brings stories with a women’s rights angle. Kate’s career as a journalist began on the MailOnline graduate training scheme, which involved stints as a reporter at the South West News Service’s office in Cambridge and the Liverpool Echo. She moved from MailOnline to Time magazine’s satellite office in London, where she covered current affairs and culture for both the print mag and website. Before joining The Week, Kate worked as the senior stories and content gathering specialist at the global women’s charity ActionAid UK, where she led the planning and delivery of all content gathering trips, from Bangladesh to Brazil. She is passionate about women’s rights and using her skills as a journalist to highlight underrepresented communities.

Alongside her staff roles, Kate has written for various magazines and newspapers including Stylist, Metro.co.uk, The Guardian and the i news site. She is also the founder and editor of Cheapskate London, an award-winning weekly newsletter that curates the best free events with the aim of making the capital more accessible. She can be found on Twitter @KateSamuelson.

Julia O’Driscoll is the engagement editor at TheWeek.co.uk. She specialises in environmental news and lifestyle features, and is a regular guest on the award-winning The Week Unwrapped podcast. Julia is an experienced digital strategist with expertise in social media, newsletter and influencer marketing. She began her career as a print and digital journalist on magazine titles at Norwich-based publishing company Archant, before moving to London and joining sustainability consultancy Eco-Age. During her tenure there as a social media and content editor, Julia oversaw a digital rebrand and the implementation of the company’s new content strategy. Alongside feature writing and social-first content creation for a range of brands, she also interviewed and commissioned prominent voices from the sustainable fashion and climate justice spheres.  She has a master's in liberal arts from Bristol University, and spent a year studying at Charles University in Prague during her degree. Find her on Instagram at @juliaroseod and Twitter at @JuliaRoseOD.

Sorcha Bradley is a writer at TheWeek.co.uk and a regular guest on award-winning podcast The Week Unwrapped. She worked at The Week magazine for a year and a half after joining in 2019 and then took up her current role with the digital team, where she mostly covers UK current affairs and politics. Before joining The Week, Sorcha worked at slow-news start-up Tortoise Media, where she covered topics ranging from artificial intelligence to the inner workings of tech giants such as Amazon. She has also written for Sky News, The Sunday Times, the London Evening Standard and Grazia magazine, among other publications. 

She has a master’s in newspaper journalism from City, University of London, where she specialised in political journalism. For her undergraduate degree, she read English literature and classical studies at the University of Bristol. She caught the journalism bug while studying at Bristol, where she was news editor for the university paper, Epigram. Find her on Twitter @sorchabradley.

Chas Newkey-Burden has been part of TheWeek.co.uk team for more than a decade. He writes the content for the Weekday AM newsletter, including Ten Things You Need To Know and Odd News. He has been a journalist for 25 years, starting out on the irreverent football weekly 90 Minutes, before moving to lifestyle magazines Loaded and Attitude.

He was a columnist for The Big Issue and landed a world exclusive with David Beckham that became the weekly magazine’s bestselling issue. He now writes regularly for The Guardian, The Daily Telegraph, The Independent, Metro, FourFourTwo and the i new site. He is also the author of a number of non-fiction books, including internationally bestselling biographies of Adele, Amy Winehouse and Justin Bieber. His most recent books are Running: Cheaper Than Therapy and The Runner’s Code, both published by Bloomsbury. Chas appears regularly on television, radio and podcasts discussing everything from veganism to running and show business.

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