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Reporters Monday, 13 September, 1999, 15:16 GMT 16:16 UK
Tom Mangold
TOM MANGOLD


Tom was educated at Dorking Grammar School then completed his National Service with the Royal Artillery in Germany. After working on local newspapers he became a reporter in Fleet Street first with the Sunday Mirror then with the Daily Express where he covered the Christine Keeler scandal for two years.

In 1964 he joined BBC TV News where he became a war correspondent covering conflicts in Aden, Vietnam, Nigeria, Northern Ireland, the Middle East and Afghanistan. In 1971 he moved to BBC TV Current Affairs working first for `24 Hours', then `Midweek'. It was here that he helped pioneer the BBC's first news background investigative documentaries.

In 1976 he moved to Panorama where he has remained ever since, currently as Panorama's senior correspondent. He has made numerous Panorama documentaries specialising in investigative stories.

Awards for major investigations

  • In 1993 his investigation into problems with the sleeping pill `Halcion' won the Business or Consumer Investigative Reports category in the prestigious 14th Annual Cableace Awards in Hollywood

  • One month later he won Britain's most coveted current affairs prize in the Royal Television Society's Journalism Awards with his investigation into the false arrest and imprisonment for murder of three men in Cardiff, Wales. The men were subsequently freed.

  • His investigation into a dental AIDS mystery won the bronze award in the Best Investigative Report Category at the New York Television Festival in 1996.

  • In 1999 he was further honoured at the Chicago International Television Competition with a Gold Plaque (the top award) in the Investigative Reporting/News Documentary Category for one of a series of two films on biological warfare.


    Watch Tom Mangold question Unscom's Richard Butler about intelligence operations in Iraq

    In March 1999 Tom revealed how the UN's attempt to disarm Iraq of its weapons of mass destruction ended in humiliation.

    Related story:
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    Publications

    Tom Mangold is also a best selling author with four books to his credit - "The File on the Tsar", an investigation into the murder of Tsar Nicholas II by the Bolsheviks; "The Tunnels of Cu Chi", a Vietnam war book; "Cold Warrior", the biography of CIA counter-intelligence chief James Jesus Angleton and in 1999, "Plague Wars" an investigation into biological warfare. He lives with his partner in West London and has three daughters by previous marriages.

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