Tracey Logan (Historian and Science Journalist)
Former BBC Science & Technology, Environment & Medicine reporter. Currently studying for a PhD in urban (metropolitan and suburban) history at the turn of the twentieth century.
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Now studying for a PhD in urban history following a BBC career as an award-winning radio science reporter & presenter. Current studies focus on the growth of Greater London in the late-19th / early-20th century, including the impact of electricity, powered flight and the motor car on ancient villages just outside London. Formerly worked as presenter and reporter for BBC Radio 4's 'Inside Science' and 'Science in Action' on the BBC World Service, along with freelance forays in New Scientist, the Daily Mail, The Irish Times and The Universe.
While on the staff of BBC Radio's Science Unit, between 1990 and 2006, Tracey covered all the major science stories between while maintaining a special interest in the development of the internet and World Wide Web. She was the first anchor of Go Digital, a radio show with online pictures which has now been relaunched as 'Click.' Tracey's freelance feature making, reporting and presenting has included occasional BBC Science 'specials' such as the live edition of Radio 4's 'Inside Science' announcing the discovery of gravitational waves (a century after Einstein predicted them) in February 2016. Tracey has also worked as a documentary & magazine show presenter & producer, as BBC World Service Science Correspondent, and - while still a baby producer, really, on BBC TV's Tomorrow's World.
Recognising that her reporting has always featured historical elements, Tracey has taken time out to enhance her credentials as a historian'. In 2016 she gained a Research Masters (MRes) degree at the University of London's School of Advanced Studies, and is currently working towards a PhD at the University of Leicester's Centre for Urban History (completion expected in 2022). She's hoping it's true that 'Drs' get upgraded more frequently on flights....
BBC Radio 4:
"Gravitational Waves - Live Special Edition": https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b06zj4dl
"Science Stories: The Bone Wars http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b05xh31n
"Crossrail - Tunnelling Under London": http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b036ksz2
"The Future of Particle Physics"`: http://bbc.in/URIHPF
“Happy Birthday Neptune”: online here
“British More or Less” (Producer: Helen Toland, BBC Radio Ulster)
FOOC: “Irish Turfcutters Battle Over EU Bog Ban":online here
BBC World Service:
Science in Action: http://bbc.in/SOb67e
“Discovery Special: Brazilian Trials of anti-Dengue GM Mosquito”: online here
“One Planet: Irish Turfcutters v EU Habitats Directive” online here
"Improving Chiswick, 1858 - 1883," MRes Thesis for the University of London (2016),
"A new discovery, a portion of the lost Chiswick Enclosure Map", in The London Topographical Society Record (2015), Vol. XXX1
In Summer 2009 Tracey travelled to the Arctic, living & working alongside polar researchers at Toolik Field Station in northern Alaska on an MBL Logan Science Journalism Fellowship. Her reports on climate change in the Arctic Circle subsequently featured on the BBC’s Science in Action, One Planet and Leading Edge radio programmes, and in New Scientist magazine.
Other freelance reports for BBC radio include the World Wide Web’s 20th Anniversary Celebrations at CERN, Emotional Expression in Humans & Machines, Science Diplomacy, Social Networking and Voiceprint Technology helping Filipino Pensioners.
In addition to journalism, Tracey also enjoys helping scientists improve their communication skills in media training workshops for the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC).
In 2018 Tracey and her husband launched a personal campaign to cut their consumption of single-use plastic. Read about their success here:- <http://www.chiswickw4.com/default.asp?section=info&page=plasticfreehome001.htm>
Tracey is also campaigning to improve indoor air quality, especially regarding formaldehyde - which can be released in dangerously high quantities from MDF furniture. She is currently working with parliamentarians,consumer advocates, trades union representatives and environmental campaigners to secure tighter controls on formaldehyde-emitting articles at home and at work. Formaldehyde causes naso-pharyngeal cancer. In February 2019 The Guardian wrote an article on Tracey's own heavy exposure to formaldehyde from bedroom cabinets: https://www.theguardian.com/money/2019/feb/09/mdf-furniture-toxic-fumes-formaldehyde
Working mainly from London Tracey also spends part of the year in the West of Ireland (Co. Mayo) – source of many environmental and engineering stories.
Before starting her career in journalism, Tracey Logan trained as a BBC Sound Engineer. Formerly a choral singer with the London Philharmonic Choir Tracey is currently focussing on Irish song and learning the play the harp.
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|Arctic Ocean 2009|
|Recording links on the shore at Prudhoe Bay - a thin white line of summer sea ice still visible on the Arctic Ocean's horizon.|