Ted Jeory. After nine years of working as an accountant for American bankers, Russian oligarchs and Hong Kong Chinese telecoms tycoons, Ted Jeory decided he could make more money in journalism.
He was never that good with numbers, clearly.
He retrained at Harlow Journalism College in 2003, and then spent two years on the East Anglian Daily Times before joining his local paper the East London Advertiser where he was deputy editor until 2008. After winning the Press Gazette weeklies Reporter of the Year in 2008, he traded down and joined the Sunday Express full time where he is now Home Affairs Editor.
However, he retained his obsession with Tower Hamlets politics by running the Trial by Jeory blog in his spare time. One reader amazed by the revelations there described it as “the Sopranos but with curry”. In February 2013, Ted was nominated for the Private Eye/Guardian Paul Foot Award for investigative journalism. His was the first blog to be shortlisted for the award.