Etan is an award-winning, London-based freelance journalist. His work has featured in national and international publications on four continents, including The Times, The Sunday Times, The Independent, The ‘i’, The Guardian, The Observer, The Daily Telegraph, The Sunday Telegraph, Daily Mail, Metro, Evening Standard, ES Magazine, New Statesman, The Forward, The South China Morning Post and The Australian. He has also appeared as a commentator on Sky News, London Live, LBC and Talk Radio Europe. Previously a news sub-editor on the Daily Mail for two and a half years, he wrote headlines, edited copy and drew pages for Britain’s second-biggest newspaper, having earned a spot on its graduate trainee scheme.
He is a winner of The Times’s Kate Alderson prize, with a reporting stint at The Australian in Sydney. He was also the winner of the first ever pan-European blogging contest, beating 80 competitors from every member state in a four-month project covering the European elections. And he has been profiled by i-D magazine as a ‘fearless young journalist’.
On his journalistic adventures, Etan has interviewed Sir David Attenborough, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Jean-Michel Jarre, Rachel Weisz, Sir Quentin Blake, Chris Evans, Graham Norton, Judith Kerr, Michael Morpurgo, Cherie Blair, Michael Bond (in his final magazine interview), Raymond Briggs, Terry Deary, Thomas Keneally, ‘Africa’s Oprah’, the ‘other Malalas’ and the queen of flamenco. He has had a chirpy chat with a co-founder of Twitter, had an encyclopaedic encounter with a co-founder of Wikipedia and been thrown out of a vanishing interview with a co-founder of Snapchat. He has had a whiskey with Frank Sinatra (Jr) and quizzed the inventors of 3D printing, the QR code and the DNA microchip and the most-cited engineer in history.
He has reported on everything from group therapy for domestic abusers to police stop and search powers, female genital mutilation, immigration raids, Banksy ‘salvagers’ and Middle East head-banging. He has also penned several front-page stories; covered arts in Adelaide and beer cheese in Kentucky; endured a shift doing the ‘best job in the world’; got his hands on Morph; and visited ‘Mary Poppins school’ for a bout of manny training. He has taken on the anti-terror zealots and uncovered MPs’ slimming secrets (and why John Prescott hates WeightWatchers). Oh, and he once joined Danny Boyle’s acting army.
Etan studied history at the University of Bristol – where he won two student media awards, news writer and news features writer of the year – before gaining a postgraduate diploma in newspaper journalism at City University.