Matt Richards

matt3I am a British journalist who’s interests lie in investigative reporting across a wide variety of subjects, as well as political reporting, analysis and commentary.

Coming from a policy geek background, I’m well versed in jumping into piles of information and coming out the other side with something coherent. But since converting to journalism, I’ve discovered a new-found love of storytelling.

My Masters in International Journalism from the University of Groningen, Netherlands, has given me the practical skills and confidence to tell stories through words, sound, photography, and video.

Now I want to combine my detail-orientated nature, fascination with in-depth and impactful projects, and passion for storytelling – whether features or hard news – so I can help to tell those stories that really matter.

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Investigative Journalism

Devon County Council spends £2.5m a year on temporary agency staff (Western Morning News / Devon Live)

The Groningen domain fraud that scams hospitals and charities (translated into Dutch by (VICE) – Google page translate works pretty well, or the original English version we pitched is here)

How international housing provider SSH exploits rental loophole to overcharge students (Video investigation for

Hard News (a sample)

Latest A&E waiting time figures confirm pressure Derriford is under

Pay more tax for NHS, says Sarah Wollaston

How and when Plymouth hopes to become UK’s first plastic-free ‘coastline city’

Dutch PM Rutte faces earthquake victims (video report)

Devon teachers more likely to take stress-related leave (Western Morning News pdf)

Plymouth people ‘being sent 70 miles away to Seaton’ to see dentist

Plymouth’s devolution dream is edging closer to reality

Hundreds of low paid workers in Plymouth set for a pay rise

Plymouth people are taking the train more – despite the fragile rail link

Rats in Plymouth: Spat over who is responsible for city ‘plague’

After a year in the works, Exeter Cathedral are replacing their dragons

Features / Interviews / Analysis

Who should pay for the NHS? asks Sarah Wollaston

How football for people with disabilities in Plymouth is really taking off

Quay Stages – Exeter’s waterfront revival (Exeter Living magazine)

Survey shows danger of ‘Jekyll and Hyde’ boss (WMN pdf)

Q&A: The Reluctant Remainer

Profile: Alone but not lonely

Dutch politics: stealing populism from the populists?


Photo essay: The force is strong in geekland

Instagram: _matt.richards

Travel Writing

Personal Travelogue: Awesome Happy Travel

BBM Live: Living in St. Kilda

BBM Live: Visit Krabi


Podcast: Universal Basic Income… and beer

Spoke Radio (a one-off radio show)co-editor and news reporter