Simon CromptonI was born in Manchester and brought up in Oxford. I went to Bristol University where I studied English, and then did a post-graduate journalism course at City University's Department of Journalism. I live in Hurstpierpoint, West Sussex, with my wife Mirella, and two daughters.

Why am I a journalist?  Because I'm learning every day: about people, what makes them tick, how decisions and policy affect their lives, and how things can be changed so that they live happier, healthier lives.