Behind the Headlines with Headlines Network

Behind the Headlines with Headlines Network

This is Behind the Headlines with Headlines Network. Each episode, journalists Hannah Storm and John Crowley will be joined by colleagues from across the news industry who will share their experiences, the challenges they have faced and how they have managed their mental health. We'll hear stories that rarely get told, those of the story-tellers, explore why journalism matters, and why the human beings who bring us the news matter too. You can send your questions to the team via ( or tweet @HeadlinesNet using #HeadlinesPod The Headlines Network podcast is produced by Hannah Storm and John Crowley in partnership with Boffin Media.


November 4, 2022 43 mins
Hannah Storm and John Crowley speak with Fergal Keane, in a special episode to coincide with the launch of his new book ‘The Madness’. 

After decades covering some of the most dangerous places in the world, Fergal reflects on the trauma he has experienced as a journalist, and how his childhood shaped his mental health. This conversation takes us from his Irish roots to reflections on the genocide in Rwanda, and the gu...
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Leona O'Neill is our guest for this World Mental Health Day episode. Here she speaks with Hannah Storm and John Crowley about the horrific moment when fellow journalist Lyra McKee was shot dead as she stood next to her, while covering a riot in Northern Ireland.  

Leona shares how in the aftermath of that trauma, she became the target of violent online threats and how these episodes impacted her mental health. Speakin...
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September 22, 2022 46 mins
In this episode, Hannah Storm and John Crowley are joined by Alex Crawford, Special Correspondent for Sky News, who talks about some of the more traumatic moments of her journalism career, such as being kidnapped in Afghanistan, and when she was trapped in a Mosque in Libya, where she witnessed the suffering of injured and dying people. 

By bravely sharing her experiences of post-traumatic stress disorder, Crawford of...
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August 30, 2022 46 mins
Hannah Storm and John Crowley speak with ABC correspondent James Longman.  In this episode James talks about the sense of responsibility he feels towards those he interviews, in particular the impact on them of being asked to relive often traumatic experiences, and the risks they take in sharing their stories. He recounts some of the devastating experiences of people he has met during his war reporting and what happened when h...
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August 9, 2022 43 mins
Hannah Storm and John Crowley host a special conversation between two ITN colleagues, Emily Morgan and Victoria Macdonald, who share their experiences of covering the Covid pandemic. In this episode, Victoria, the Health and Social Care Editor for Channel 4 News, and Emily, the Health Editor at ITV News – talk about the unprecedented nature of news reporting in the past two and a half years and how the toll of continuous repor...
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July 19, 2022 42 mins
Hannah Storm and John Crowley speak with Stuart Ramsay, Sky News’s longest serving foreign correspondent. In this episode, Stuart shares previously unpublished details about the ambush by Russian soldiers which he and his team survived in Ukraine earlier this year. He describes the moment he was shot and how he discovered the full extent of the bullet impacts he sustained. Stuart tells Hannah and John how he decompresses after...
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June 29, 2022 53 mins
Hannah Storm and John Crowley speak with Mark Little, the Irish journalist, television presenter and author. In this wide-ranging conversation, Mark shares how a serious skiing accident helped him reassess his relationship with the 'gung-ho' school of journalism that he'd been part of, and allowed him to realise the importance of resilience, mission and purpose. Mark shares his journey from the streets of Belfast where he bega...
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June 7, 2022 40 mins
In this episode of Behind the Headlines, Hannah Storm and John Crowley speak with Gina Chua, the newly-appointed executive editor of Semafor, and former executive editor at Reuters. As one of the most high-profile openly trans women in media, Gina explains how she was able to - in her words -  'ease into a new skin' during the pandemic, and how doing so helped her be better at her job. Gina also offers her insights, after year...
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May 17, 2022 45 mins
Hannah Storm and John Crowley speak with Marianna Spring, the BBC’s first specialist disinformation reporter. Speaking candidly and compassionately, Marianna shares her insights into the impact of conspiracy theories and online falsehoods on those whose stories she shares, and explains the importance of empathy in her work. This conversation offers an important insight into how issues of journalism safety are no longer limited...
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April 26, 2022 33 mins
Hannah Storm and John Crowley speak with Bryony Gordon, the award-winning journalist who, alongside an incredibly successful work life has shared candidly her experiences of mental ill health in newspaper columns, podcasts and best-selling books. In this episode, Bryony talks about body positivity, how she has overcome shame and isolation, and how sharing her mental health story as a journalist and writer has become part of he...
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April 4, 2022 44 mins
Hannah Storm and John Crowley speak with Clive Myrie, BBC journalist, newsreader and presenter. In a wide-ranging and candid conversation, Clive discusses his recent reporting on the conflict in Ukraine and his experiences of covering Covid, paying tribute to the people with whom he has worked and detailing his determination to provide dignity to those whose stories he shares. Offering his thoughts on the importance of due imp...
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March 16, 2022 42 mins
John Crowley and Hannah Storm speak with Dr Sian Williams, best known for her career as a journalist and news presenter, who has recently passed her doctorate in Counselling Psychology. Speaking with extraordinary humanity and candour, Sian explains what resilience has meant to her personally, how empathy lies at the heart of journalism and how in order for journalism to thrive, we need to get better at supporting journ...
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February 16, 2022 44 mins
To mark a decade since the death of war correspondent Marie Colvin, Hannah Storm and John Crowley chat to Lyse Doucet and Lindsey Hilsum about reporting from conflict zones and the legacy of Marie. 

Lyse is a Chief International Correspondent for the BBC and Lindsey is International Editor for Channel 4 News. In a lively and humorous discussion, they pay tribute to their friend, talk about the challenges they have fac...
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