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Winner - Best Personal Blog - 2003 Netguide Web Awards

About Graham Reid...


Graham Reid is a freelance journalist living off his wits and his wife. Born in Scotland and educated in Auckland, his leisurely acquired degree reflects either a broad range of interests or an embarrassing lack of focus: he has papers in Chinese Philosophy, Italian Film and Literature, Botany, Zoology and a whole swag in English and Art History.

Before he became a journalist at the New Zealand Herald (from which he recently resigned) he had short stories and features published in Metro, wrote about the arts for the Listener, designed album covers and band posters, and once had a free-format music show on Radio Pacific as a buffer between boozy rugger-buggers and the fey tones of Hollywood gossip David Hartnell. In 1984 he launched his own music monthly "Passages: A magazine of jazz and elsewhere" which flew high for 11 months then crashed. It had more subscribers in Poland than Wellington. After Passages he decided he would let others take the financial risks. The Herald looked like it was going to be around for a while so he signed on.

At the Herald he was entertainment editor and books editor, but latterly juggled his music writing with features on world and local politics, terrorism, and other important stuff. He once interviewed a race horse. He wrote satirical articles which rather too many people took rather too seriously, and serious journalism which some people didn't take seriously enough. He has won some journalism awards -- many for his travel writing in the Herald and Listener -- and in 2003 won the Media Peace Award for his articles on the tetchy politics of the Solomon Islands where he spent two weeks getting sunburned and thirsty.

His favourite pastime is lollygagging around, usually with red wine and a remote. He has three adult children of whom he is enormously proud, and a record collection of cheap music of which he should be profoundly ashamed.

Graham Reid's thrilling website is and he can be contacted through it.