Tommy Walker is a name that can be found across his social media audiences that surpasses 450,000 – both of his followers and travel communities.
Key examples of work:
North Korea special economic zone
Visited the special economic zone Rason, North Korea in 2019, writing first-hand accounts of the experience in the secretive state both for a news outlet in Australia and a major travel publication in the United States.
(2 x top rankings in Google – ‘Rason, North Korea’)
Singapore: Off the beaten track
Explored Singapore’s lesser-known tourism including abandoned places and off-the-beaten-track destinations. This included the once-worth $3.5 billion mansions once owned by the Sultan of Johor.
(3 x top rankings in Google – ‘Singapore off the beaten track’)
Hong Kong Protests
Internationally published through words, photography and piece-to-cam video on the on-going pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong 2019/2020.
Interviewed Indonesian journalist Veby Mega Indah blinded by a rubber bullet from Hong Kong Police.
Successfully volunteered using social media to privately gather the idenification of Veby Mega Indah’s shooter for a legal case, 2020. *DISCLAIMER PROVIDED WITH POST.
Interviewed high profile activists such as Jimmy Lai, Agnes Chow and Joshua Wong.
Published photography during the announcement and implementation of the national security law, with work seen in TIME, Wall Street Journal, CNBC and ABC news.
COVID19 health pandemic
Interviewed a Swiss-Chinese family living in Wuhan – the epicentre of the coronavirus COVID19 – during the outbreak in January 2020.
Attended medical strikes in Hong Kong and interviewed medical professionals amid the coronavirus.
Interviewed U.S citizen exclusively aboard the coronavirus-stricken Diamond Princess cruise ship in Japan.
Narco-tourism: Meeting Roberto Escobar in Medellin, Colombia.
Interviewed Medellin business owners.
Exploring and writing travel articles both in the news and online publications about Venezuela, Guyana, Colombia and Paraguay in 2014.
Interviewed two stranded British backpackers in Bolivia during the coronavirus crisis in 2020.
France: European Championships 2016
Reported live on BBC Tees Radio about football hooliganism and clashes between Russian Ultras and England fans in Marseille.
Russia: FIFA World Cup 2018
Reported for The Northern Echo newspaper in print – both words and photography – on the mood inside Russia, both in locations of Moscow and Nizhny Novgorod.
STORIES TO TELL
Tommy, as a young adult, was part of a strain of football hooliganism culture in Northeast England. He was once arrested in Amsterdam for self-defence, and detained for 48 hours. Whilst travelling South America, Tommy was temporarily detained in Colombia after tricked and then bribed by local police.
Back in 2017, Tommy was held in Broadmeadow Immigration Detention Centre in Melbourne, Australia, amongst asylum seekers from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan.
In 2019, Tommy was shot with rubber bullets twice in one-minute during the Hong Kong protests in September 2019. He also reported inside the besieged Polytechnic University in November of that year.
If you’re to hire Tommy for either news or travel work, interviews or you want to share your story, you can contact him via email below: