The Independent: The Murder of Sofyen

On the day they killed him, Sofyen Belamouadden got up at seven and went into his mother’s bedroom to get his socks from a drawer the family shared. “Mum, I’m going now,” he said, before catching the bus. Sofyen lived with his brother and two sisters in Acton, and went to Henry Compton School in Fulham, a trip that involved two bus rides.

Independent Magazine, 24 April 2015
Joshi Herrmann in the Independent Magazine

The Daily Telegraph: Finding two Berliners, 30 years on

At the bottom of the page, next to a story about East Berlin’s Komische Opera cancelling a performance of Swan Lake because so many dancers had joined the flight to the West, was a quote from Steffi Schatz, a 22-year-old East German student. “We still can’t quite believe it,” she said. “It hasn’t sunk in.”…

The Daily Telegraph, November 2019

The Guardian: Sajid Javid’s past life

One New York morning in 1992, the bankers on Chase Manhattan’s emerging markets desk were told by their boss, Jorge Jasson, that a new hire was joining the team. “One day he showed up and Jorge said: ‘This guy is good,’” says Blanco, “‘off-the-charts good.’”

The Guardian, 16 August 2015

The Mill: A Boarding School Scandal

The news of their disappearance wasn’t a particularly big story. Sadly, there’s nothing unusual about Vietnamese teenagers going missing – they are the foreign nationality you are most likely to see on the police’s missing persons database. But there was something very unusual about Trang and her two friends – something that wasn’t made public at the time. They had gone missing from a private school. 

The Mill, June 2020

Independent Magazine: Iceberg Campuses

In early September, when it still felt like summer in Connecticut, and students were walking around Yale in shorts and sports club T-shirts, I was at a party in an oak-panelled living room shared by a few of the university’s rowers. The early evening heat was borderline bearable – some people were sitting back in the room’s shabby sofas; some were huddling around the tiny fan by the window, drinking cans of the dilute student beer Keystone Light. 

The Independent Magazine, December 2015
Joshi Herrmann story, Iceberg Campuses

The Times: The Teenagers Who Vanished

An investigation by this newspaper has uncovered at least 21 Vietnamese children who have vanished from boarding schools and private colleges across Britain in the past four years. They are mostly girls with what is known as the “private school visa”.

The Times, 4 November 2019

Evening Standard: Marie’s inner circle gather

The friends and colleagues of Marie Colvin who gathered at the Frontline Club to remember her last night didn’t watch the report of her death on Channel 4 News at 7pm – not because it was too hard to bear but because the club’s founder Vaughan Smith was struggling to get the TV working. Just in time, a female member of staff plugged in the right cable and the famous oak-panelled club room fell silent, listening only to Snow’s voice. “She was a one-off and one of the most courageous of our age,” he said, “all of us who have ever reported in war encountered her somewhere.”

London Evening Standard, February 2012

Evening Post: The Hunt for a VIP Paedophile Ring

In reality though, Beech was one part of a much bigger and weirder story. For a few years, between the autumn of 2012 and some time in 2015, a set of MPs, journalists and police officers came to believe in what amounted to a wild conspiracy theory about the British establishment. The question is, why? 

Evening Post, March 2020

The Spectator: The private school way

According to the teacher, the boy said that if there was a gay pride march through his city, he would be quite happy to see the participants shot dead. ‘This was the most inflammatory of his views, but there were others in a similar vein throughout the course of the double lesson,’ the teacher wrote in an email.

The Spectator November 2014

Evening Standard: David Cameron’s Old Boy Clique

Women are being frozen out of an “Old Etonian clique” around David Cameron, one of Whitehall’s most senior figures has explosively claimed. Dame Helen Ghosh said the Prime Minister surrounded himself with a male-dominated “network of friends”, including members of the notorious Bullingdon Club at Oxford University, that was “difficult” for women politicians to penetrate.

London Evening Standard, November 2012