Newsman carves out career abroad

Joe Sheffer is establishing himself as a freelance journalist and cameraman, based in Yemen, one of the world’s most notorious trouble spots. After leaving QE, Joe (OE 2000-2007) spent seven months touring on his motorcycle, visiting Turkey, Iran, Pakistan, India, China and the Himalayas, illustrating his blog with his own photography.

He returned to the UK to read Politics and International Relations at Manchester University, although his time as a student was punctuated by a cycling trip on the central Asian Pamir Highway – known as ‘the rooftop of the world’.
Realising that there were opportunities for a freelance journalist, after graduating Joe settled in Sana’a, the capital of Yemen.

He specialises in covering news in the Gulf and East Africa, and his news features have appeared in The Times, the Guardian, Private Eye and Global Post. He also works regularly for Channel 4 News. Joe has covered the conflict with al-Qaeda in the Arabian peninsula and reported on the anti-Government protests around the 2012 Grand Prix in Bahrain.

His interest in current affairs, self-reliance and energy were all evident during his time at QE. An original thinker, he spoke regularly and well in Sixth Form debates, and was greatly respected as the Sergeant Major in the CCF and as a Prefect. Alongside his studies for A-levels in Politics, Business Studies and History, he made time for a wide range of activities outside School, including attending local party political meetings, climbing, kayaking, organising work in a press agency, learning Arabic and planning his travels in the Middle East.