Debbie Ransome was born in the UK of Trinidadian parents. She studied in the UK before visiting Trinidad, falling in love with the Caribbean and working there as a journalist during the 1980s. Her jobs included News Director at Radio Trinidad, Trinidad Bureau Chief and Editor at the Caribbean News Agency (now CMC) and stringer for the BBC. She returned to the UK to take up a job as a producer at the BBC’s Caribbean Service and went on to work for BBC World TV, BBC World Service Radio newsroom, Asia Today and on the BBC’s Broadcasting House Relocation project. She served as Head of the BBC’s Caribbean Service from 1998 until 2011. During that time, the Service added to its role as the Caribbean’s premier regional news programme to become its key source of online news through bbccaribbean.com.
Before leaving the BBC, Debbie worked with Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour and BBC News Online. She then started a freelance portfolio which has included the Diaspora website Caribbean Intelligence, the Caribbean Council, Editor of the Commonwealth Journalists’ Association (CJA) newsletter, consultancy for the Commonwealth’s Communications Division, work with the BBC and as Website Editor for the Commonwealth Round Table.
She’s become something of a Twitter geek, having been bitten by the social media bug during the BBC’s coverage of Haiti’s 2010 earthquake. Debbie also now sits on CJA’s international executive committee with a lead on training – to make sure that life does not get too quiet.
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