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North Derbyshire reporter Matthew Barlow
Matthew Barlow
Matthew has worked as a journalist in Derbyshire for more than ten years

If you've seen a reporter desperately getting out of the way of the hug at Ashbourne's Shrovetide Football or a man in wellies emerging from the cattle shed at Bakewell Show, then chances are it was Matthew Barlow.

He's been BBC Radio Derby's North Derbyshire reporter for just over three-and-a-half years now.

In the job he's reported from flooded villages, murder scenes and local elections.

But it's not all been serious stories.

You might have been asked a tongue-in-cheek question like 'when was the last time you wolf whistled?' for some of the breakfast show's more light-hearted pieces.

Based in the town hall in Matlock his patch spans from Ashbourne in the south to Buxton and Clay Cross in the north of the county.

"It's great covering the area where I was brought up, I think growing up in the patch is a real advantage," says Matt.

"I've worked as a journalist in North Derbyshire for the past ten years and it's always nice catching up with people I've not seen for ages - particularly if they've got a juicy story."

He lives in Buxton and when he's not working you're likely at some point to pass him running in some the county's more remoter parts. And if not, quenching his thirst in one of Buxton's pubs.

If you have a story for Matthew, you can call him on 01629 57135 or email matthew.barlow@bbc.co.uk


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