This is coming a little late, as I'm trying to stay off Twitter on non-work days...

2020 was rubbish, particularly as someone who loves meeting new people and spending all hours of the day in a pub.

But I did some pieces I'm proud of and wanted to share:
My biggest highlight was getting to cover the US election from Washington DC.

Just before polling day, I went to find people whose friends and relatives had died of COVID-19.

I'll never forget their stories or anger at the White House administration.…
Closer to home, I also uncovered that useless coronavirus tests were being sent out, with recipients told to bin the kits because they weren't able to be returned and processed.

They were still included in the government's testing total.…
An exclusive with some rare good news at the start of the pandemic: The government launching its "Everyone In" plan to get all rough sleepers off the streets.

There were, of course, subsequent warnings that funding to support this had "fizzled out".…
I also broke the news that another Permanent Secretary had announced to colleagues he was standing down earlier than expected.…
Another exclusive I was proud of this year was the Clerk of the Parliaments' apology for comments on the killing of George Floyd.…
And it was a pleasure to interview Lord Leslie Griffiths on growing up in a family that relied on free school meals.…
Other bonuses of 2020 were moving in with my partner and hosting the virtual #SPANC20 Awards.

But I won't be sad to see this awful year pass.

Hopefully in 2021 I can get back to seeing friends and family, and gossips over a beer or coffee can resume. 🍻

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