Mike Edwards (journalist)

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Mike Edwards is the senior news correspondent for STV News in Central Scotland, an author and reserve army officer.

Born and bred in Inverness, Edwards has been a journalist for nearly 40 years, beginning as a trainee reporter for the Inverness Courier in 1986. He later switched to radio and worked for Radio Forth, Radio Tay and Moray Firth Radio before returning to press journalism as a sports correspondent for the Press and Journal in Inverness. Edwards was one of 120 journalists sacked for being a member of the National Union of Journalists and spent a year on the picket lines.

Shortly after his dismissal, Edwards moved to Switzerland and worked in Bern for the World Service of the Swiss Broadcasting Corporation covering the fall of the iron curtain, the Soviet Coup and the first Gulf War, before joining Scottish Television in 1993.

He is a major in the Territorial Army and was mobilised for active service in Iraq and Afghanistan. In Iraq he came under repeated enemy fire until his tour of duty ended when he reached Saddam Hussein's river palace in Basra. While in Kabul, he wrote his first novel "Friendly Fire". The book was published in April 2006.

His book The Road Home, an autobiographical travelogue, was published in May 2018. It charts a coast to coast journey across the USA via five places named Inverness after his home town, interspersed with his life story as a journalist and soldier.

His hobbies are playing the guitar, gardening and following Inverness Caledonian Thistle FC.

He made a cameo appearance in the 100th episode of the STV crime drama Taggart on Christmas Eve 2009.

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