Public Interest News Journalists: 6: Tristan Cork, BristolLive

In a year where Bristol found itself at the centre of the Black Lives Matter movement, reporter Tristan Cork was the turn to person to discuss what was happening.

Tristan’s exceptional knowledge of Bristol and its history gives him a perspective of the city that few other journalists have and he was at the forefront of coverage when Edward Colston’s statue was toppled as part of the Black Lives Matters protests.

Tristan had written more than 150 stories on Colston, long before the statue came down and made headlines around the world. Thanks to Tristan, it was clear to see that the debate over Colston’s presence in the city was far from a new thing.

He’s also never afraid to share an opinion.

One nomination said: “I’m suggesting Tristan for his excellent reporting on the toppling of the Edward Colston statue in Bristol. He took our live coverage of the event and ran with it.

“Pushing the council on why they hadn’t removed it despite years of debate, asking organisations across Bristol with Colston’s name what their plans were, forging excellent relationships with BLM protesters, interviewing the police in charge of the investigation.

“His in-depth pieces went beyond anything reported elsewhere, getting to the heart of the issue and reporting every possible angle. We’ve gained trust in Black communities in Bristol where we didn’t have it before, we’ve shown we report on the issues that matter to the city — and we were able to pull up Tristan’s pieces from through the years which showed we cared about it long before the national media piled on after the toppling.

“The articles were read hundreds of thousands of times, we were able to survey people on their views and lead a meaningful conversation about it.”

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