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Reporters Monday, 4 September, 2000, 14:44 GMT 15:44 UK
Shelley Jofre
SHELLEY JOFRE


Shelley was born in Irvine, Ayrshire in 1969. After gaining a degree at the University of Stirling, she went on to do a Postgraduate diploma in Newspaper Journalism at City University, London.

Her BBC career began in 1991 at Reporting Scotland, BBC Scotland's nightly news programme. In January 1995, Shelley became a reporter for current affairs series Frontline Scotland where she made over 50 programmes in five years.

During her time at Frontline Scotland, Shelley also worked on a number of other programmes. In 1995 Shelley spent four months as a reporter for Newsnight, where her films included reports on care in the community and underage sex.

She was a reporter on Campaign Scotland during the 1997 General Election and Campaign '99, Scotland's Scottish Election series. She has also presented Late Flyte, a late-night topical discussion programme for BBC Choice in March-April 1999.

Her first programme for Panorama was broadcast in April 1999, an investigation into allegations that psychiatric drugs are being over-prescribed to children in the UK and the US. Shelley joined the Panorama team full-time in August 2000.

Shelley Jofre reports on legal drug-taking in American schools

Major Investigations

'False Impression and Finger of Suspicion' tx: Jan & May 2000 - these investigations revealed that experts at Scotland's main fingerprint bureau misidentified two prints in a crucial murder case. As a result, an HMIC inquiry was set up, the experts were heavily criticised and the bureau is to be completely overhauled. David Asbury, who was convicted of murder on the fingerprint evidence, has since been released from prison pending his Appeal.

'The XXX Files' tx: Oct 1999 - investigation into paedophiles on the internet in which Shelley posed as a 13 year old girl in a chat room and was courted by a convicted child molester. The resulting police investigation revealed he was abusing other children and he is now serving 20 years in a Texan prison.

'Silence Over Lockerbie' tx: Oct 1997 - followed the alleged trail of the Lockerbie bomb and interviewed many of the key players in Britain, Malta, Switzerland and the US. The film made headlines across the world when it revealed many inconsistencies in the prosecution's case against the two Libyan suspects.

Awards

Shelley Jofre won the BAFTA Scotland award for Best Current Affairs programme 1995, 'The Twilight Zone'. She has also been shortlisted for the RTS 1998 Regional Journalist of The Year and the RTS 1997 Young Journalist of The Year.

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