The Edinburgh born, Belfast bred journalist was educated from primary to post-graduate diploma level via Dundela Primary School, Strandtown Primary School, Methodist College Belfast, Queen's University Belfast and the University of Ulster.
He passed several exams along the way and now holds a 2:1 degree in Political Science, a Post Graduate Diploma in Newspaper Journalism (pass with distinction) and a junior athletics certificate in trampolining.
His interests include (but are not limited to) crime fiction, classic cars and loud rock music.
He is a supporter of Aston Villa Football Club. He likes cats, but prefers dogs
NOW in its third year, Lurgan's Our Back Yard music festival seems to be going from strength to strength despite the obvious disadvantage of being based in one of the north's notorious cultural black spots.
THEY say crime doesn't pay: however, for some of those living hand to mouth on Dublin's Darndale housing estate in Mark O'Connor's stylish low-budget crime flick Cardboard Gangsters, a little low-level drug dealing is often the only way to make ends meet.