Sean Rayment is a highly experienced, award-winning journalist who currently works freelance for national newspapers as a defence and security correspondent. He also has television experience.
Sean Rayment Journalism Experience
Sean began his journalism career in 1991 after serving for five years in the Parachute Regiment. He spent a short amount of time on local newspapers before quickly progressing to national titles. Over the years, he has worked on The Sun, and then the Daily Mail, where he was the defence correspondent and chief crime correspondent. He became the Head of News at the Daily Express in 1999 before leaving in 2001 to become the defence correspondent of the Sunday Telegraph. Sean has reported on conflicts in Northern Ireland, the Balkans, Afghanistan, Iraq, the Middle East and Africa. He is also one of the few British reporters to gain access into and report from the US detention centre at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, a report which helped him secure the Specialist Reporter of the Year Award at the 2012 UK Press Awards. He has written four books, the last of which Painting the Sand, a ghosted account of the role of a bomb disposal operator in Afghanistan, has become an international best-seller. In 2015 he helped produce and presented Kill List, a documentary on the role of special forces in Iraq and Afghanistan for ITV. Since 2013 he has been working as a freelance defence and security correspondent.
Sean joined the Media Coach team in early 2018 and is media training alongside his freelance journalism.