Sue Turton has been a TV reporter for more than 27 years, breaking countless exclusive stories, dodging gunfire in some of the world’s hotspots.
She produces documentaries, and presents news programmes in countries as diverse as the Philippines, Afghanistan, Indonesia and Paris and she has just written her first book – ‘This book will help you change the world’ is a guide to inspire teenagers to make their voices heard.
Sue joined Al Jazeera English in 2010 as the channel’s first Afghanistan Correspondent but after ten months the Arab Uprisings led to a new posting in Libya as roving war correspondent. She covered the Libyan revolution from beginning to end and then Syria where she went on missions with Jabhat al Nusra, the Al Qaeda affiliate. She also reported from Iraq, Lebanon, Moscow, Turkey, Ukraine and Egypt.
Before Al Jazeera Sue worked for Sky News, ITV, GMTV and America’s Hard Copy. But her career really took off at Emmy award-winning UK nightly show, Channel 4 News where she worked for twelve years with veteran anchor Jon Snow.
Here she conducted undercover investigations, breaking news, documentaries and worked as a studio anchor. She was the only TV reporter to cover the trial of Simon Mann and Mark Thatcher, who plotted to stage a coup in Equatorial Guinea. In an interview with EG dictator, President Teodoro Obiang, she asked if he had threatened to eat his political opponent’s testicles.
Sue won two RTS awards with the show, for her exclusive on Olympic corruption in Salt Lake City and her investigation into racism in South African rugby.
In 2014 a court in Egypt convicted Sue and a number of her Al Jazeera colleagues on terrorism charges. Three of them served over 400 days in an Egyptian prison while Sue, who was convicted in absentia, spent a year working for their release, giving over 430 media interviews to promote the #FreeAJStaff campaign.
Away from the day job Sue is a keen yachtswoman.