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Reporter Profiles

Adrian Pearce

Adrian Pearce

Senior reporter

Where are you from?
I'm a lifetime Londoner.

What were you doing before Radio 1?
Reporting and editing the news on Capital FM's The Way It Is.

What are you most proud of in your job?
The historic moment when I announced the death of Princess Diana.  You can read all about it in Annie Nightingale’s book. 

Worst on air moment?
Maybe the above –  you have to get it right so there's lots of extra pressure on you. 

Three words that describe you:
Tall, dark, handsome (I don’t know!).

Advice to anyone who wants to get started in journalism:
Push, push and push again if you want to get into a particular newsroom.  But make sure you've read or listened to whatever you're claiming you have an interest in. We get CVs at Newsbeat from people who clearly haven't listened to the programme!

Where would you like to be in 10 years' time?
Watching the waves in the sunshine.

What's on your walls at home?
Lots of orange paint.

If you could be famous, what would you be famous for?
Making great bread.

My top three albums ever are:
Fountains of Wayne  – Welcome Interstate Managers
Crème de la Crème  - Philly Soul Classics and Rarities 
Johnny Cash – American IV The Man Comes Around 

Who's your favourite news reporter?
James Cameron and Alistair Cooke seemed to be great veteran reporters – who at times were also opinionated.  It's hard to find ones still alive that get  my emotions going as much – but try Noah Adams, Gary Younge and Ira Glass. 

How do you spend your time off?
Listening to the radio.

If wasn't a news reporter I'd be...
A cook in a  vegetarian restaurant  (I used to be one).

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