About Sean Rayment

tube-posterIn 1986, I entered the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst as a Second Lieutenant and was commissioned into The Parachute Regiment in  the following August. The majority of my service was with the Third Battalion, serving as a rifle platoon commander, a platoon commander instructor at Depot Para, and lastly as the Close Observation Platoon Commander in Belfast – easily the highlight of my Army career

After leaving the Army in 1991, I entered journalism  and worked on several local newspapers in London before entering “Fleet Street” in 1993.  I have since worked for The Sun, Daily Mail, Mail on Sunday, Sunday Times, Sunday Telegraph, Daily Express, Sunday Express the Daily Mirror, the Sunday People and the Independent. I have also appeared on Sky, the BBC, Radio 4, Radio 5 Live and LBC and I have taken part in several documentaries.

As a defence correspondent, I have reported from Afghanistan, Iraq, the middle east,  Bosnia, Northern Ireland, Africa and the United States. I have been embedded with US and British troops in Afghanistan and Iraq on many occasions – a fascinating experience.

In April 2013, I was named Specialist Reporter of the Year in the British Press Awards for a range of reporting which included breaking the Sergeant Danny Nightingale Story; reporting from Afghanistan on attempts to reintegrate former members of the Taliban into Afghan society and being one of the few British newspaper journalists to visit the detention centres in Guantanamo Bay Cuba.

I am now working as a freelance journalist and author.