Our Team

Hosts, producers, musicians, illustrators & friends.

 

SIMON AKAM

Co-host of Always Take Notes, Simon is currently writing a book about the recent evolution of the British Army to be published by William Heinemann. His journalism has appeared in The New York Times, the Guardian, GQ, the Washington Post, The Economist and the Times Literary Supplement.

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Eleanor Halls

Co-host of Always Take Notes, Eleanor is currently a staff writer at British GQ, where she writes long reads, profiles and comment pieces for the magazine and website. In December, she will begin her new role as commissioning editor of The Daily Telegraph's arts and features pages. She has also had work published in The Sunday Times and Vogue.


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zahra hankir

Zahra, our communities editor, has previously worked at Bloomberg News as blogging editor and Middle East reporter. She's editing a book of essays by Arab women journalists, due for publication by Penguin in 2019. Her work has appeared in the BBC, Al Jazeera English, and Middle East Eye.

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nICOLA KEAN

Nicola is the producer of Always Take Notes and a freelance broadcast producer working in London. She has previously worked for current affairs and politics television and radio programmes in New Zealand.


KASSIA ST CLAIR

Former co-host of Always Take Notes, Kassia is a design and culture journalist and the author of 'The Secret Lives of Colour' and 'The Golden Thread'. She previously worked for The Economist and is a columnist for Elle Decoration. She has contributed to BBC Radio 4′s Saturday Live, Woman's Hour and NPR's Marketplace.

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liz davies

Liz, formerly a producer for Always Take Notes, is a senior producer at the BBC in London, most recently on Newshour and Newshour Extra on the World Service. She has previously worked in foreign news for the BBC around the world, as well as for Channel 4 News, CNN and the CBC.

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JESSICA dannheisser

Jessica, who created our score, is a composer for film, television and theatre. Recent scores include Six Wives With Lucy Worsley, the Emmy award-winning World War II From Space, Rubbish and The Tempest. 


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james edgar

James, who created our visual identity, is a freelance graphic designer. He has worked on  'Gordon Ramsay's Ultimate Cookery Course', 'Marmalade' and 'The Secret Lives of Colour'. He  also lectures at Plymouth College of Art.

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ED KIERNAN

Ed, formerly a producer for Always Take Notes, is a producer at CNN. He has previously worked for NBC News, Al Jazeera America and Bloomberg covering breaking news around the world. Prior to his career in journalism he served five years as a combat medic in the US Army.

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Olivia crellin

Olivia, formerly a producer at Always Take Notes, is a journalist, presenter and filmmaker at the BBC in London. She spent time as a radio and print correspondent in South and North America with bylines in TIME Magazine, The Economist, The Guardian and The Wall Street Journal.