Our community journalists

We have a team of community journalists who are out and about covering events and collecting stories to promote volunteering and the work of the voluntary sector:

  • Calum Harbor
    Community Journalist
    Calum Harbor Community Journalist

    Born in 1994, Calum has lived in Reading his whole life and knows the town well. He has been active as a volunteer at the Royal Berkshire Hospital for five years, and in April joined the hospital radio team as a presenter. Calum also enjoys writing fiction, focusing mainly on fantasy novels. He hopes to enter the BBC as a journalist when their apprenticeship applications open again in 2019.

  • Simone Illger
    Community Journalist

    Simone Illger has lived in Reading for the whole of her life. Her mobility and reach are affected as a consequence of damage caused by the drug Thalidomide that was used to counteract morning sickness in the 1950s and 60s. Not allowing her disability to stand in the way of an active and fulfilled life, Simone attended mainstream primary and secondary schools in Reading and went on to train and work as a secretary.

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