Must Know Journalist: Marc Wadsworth

03.06.20

What’s his beat?

Marc Wadsworth is a British journalist who has dedicated his career to anti-racist activism and is a founding member of the Anti-Racist Alliance. Wadsworth has also been involved in anti-racist campaigns involving the murder of teenager Stephen Lawrence. Wadsworth founded an early citizen-journalism news portal titled The-Latest.com in 2006 which was dedicated to citizen journalism.

Describe him in a sentence

A journalist and activist who has dedicated his career to the fight against racial harassment and racial violence.

Pitch or avoid?

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Why do I need to know him?

Marc Wadsworth has written for a variety of publications throughout his career including The Guardian and has been a reporter and presenter for the BBC and ITV. As a journalist, Wadsworth has been involved in having James McGrath, the spin doctor of Boris Johnson, fired in 2008 for making racist comments.

Wadsworth served twice on the National Executive Council of the National Union of Journalists and lectured in journalism at City University London from 2001 to 2012. At the age of 64, Wadsworth is still actively campaigning against racism through his journalism, bringing to light the injustice faced by migrants and the failings of the UK government in the protection of BAME citizens throughout the Covid19 pandemic.

What’s his backstory?

Marc Wadsworth spent his first six years in a children’s home, moving on to a foster home for a year and then to the Ottershaw boarding school in Surrey. In 2001, Wadsworth became a Senior Journalism Lecturer at City University London, where he worked until 2012. Between 2011 and 2012, Wadsworth completed a Master’s degree in Contemporary British History at King’s College London.

He went on to create a documentary film in 2013 titled ‘Divided by Race, United in War and Peace’, which explored his late father’s fellow Caribbean war veterans and their struggles against colour prejudice and racism. The BBC remade the film in 2015 with Wadsworth as a producer. The BBC adaptation was titled Fighting for King and Empire: Britain’s Caribbean Heroes and premiered at the Frontline Club.

Throughout his career, Wadsworth has helped to secure Black Sections within the Labour Party of which he was a member until 2018. His publication The-Latest.com was responsible for the resignation of James McGrath after he made racist comments in an interview. Since then, Wadsworth has written for multiple national publications, featured as a presenter and broadcaster for the national British television stations and written a number of books on race.

Let’s see him in action: 

Pandemic blues: high street signs of the times

Anti-racism campaigner and Editor at The-Latest Marc Wadsworth speaks to Russia Today

‘Black people must be in the leadership of their own struggle’