Public Interest News Journalists: 32: Jennifer Williams, Manchester Evening News
Jen is an outstanding journalist. She is committed to exposing injustice and explaining the truth, putting public interest front and centre of everything she does. She gives a voice to the northern perspective at a time when it could not be more important.
Through the pandemic Jen built a network of contacts who trust her.
This has enabled her to tell MEN readers exactly what is going on — absolutely crucial at a time when voices from the north have not been heard.
She has consistently set the agenda, pushing early around issues that later gained national significance: the fact that pillar two Covid results were not sent to local public health departments, the fact that ICUs were under pressure, the number of people on NHS waiting lists for more than a year rising from 55 to thousands, the challenges and inconsistencies of local lockdowns, and many more.
She is valued for her insight into the north and analysis of why and where things have gone wrong, appearing on Marr, Sky, Five Live and other political programmes.
Her political analysis, explaining what’s really going on has been read by hundreds of thousands. She has a huge following on Twitter where there is very vocal support for the work she does.