I’m Kevin Mc Laughlin a broadcast journalist and writer. I was born in Derry, Northern Ireland in 1974 and grew up in a place where violence was never far from home. In 1992 I moved to Hereford in England to study at the Royal National College for the Blind. After 3 years there I moved to Durham to study a 2 year HND Business and Finance course focusing on Broadcasting and Media Management. In 1997 I entered the 2nd year of a BA (hons) Journalism degree at Southampton Institute which I completed in 1999 gaining a 2:1 classification with Honors.
Only 8 weeks after my degree had been completed I started a job with the BBC in London working in the Disability Programmes Unit on their BBC Two Magazine programme ‘From The Edge’. I spent a further 4 and a half years with the BBC working mostly in factual and news programmes including, Watchdog, Crimewatch UK, Newsround, BBC Network TV News and a number of other network TV programmes. My last job with the BBC in their public service was as a producer on the Radio Four consumer programme ‘You and Yours’.
For the next five years I spent my time working for Hutchison Whampoa and their 3 Mobile networks in the UK and then Ireland as a Producer and Editor looking after their daily mobile content portals which offered many services to customers including regularly updated news and sport. In January 2010 I resigned from the role and left my position a month later to travel around the world and give my perspective on what this experience is like for someone with severe visual impairment.
My experience during five and a half months visiting 12 countries across the world is what follows in Blindly Going. Enjoy the journey. I did!