Chris has been reporting on local politics for the Cambridge News for many years. Today, he called to tell me it is his last day as he is moving on to bigger and greater things in London.
I think it is fair to say he will be missed by many, certainly by me.
I always found Chris to be fair in his reporting, humble enough to make corrections when he had got it wrong and incisive in his questioning. Some of the headlines even related to the story 🙂
His dry sense of humour, once understood, often helped him get the best out if an interview. As long as you had spotted the twinkle in his eye of course or it could be a disaster.
Local politics needs challenging reporting to keep it honest. The reporting needs to be based on good evidence and substantiated to prevent inaccurate reporting.
Chris provided that. I was always impressed with his detailed research and his ability to look at an issue from a number of perspectives.
I wish him all the best in his new job. The Cambridge political scene is poorer for him going.
I was touched to see a comment from former council leader Nick Clarke to parting local political reporter Chris Havergal on the web and had to scroll down to see the final paragraph of the story only to be ‘smashed in the face’ with adverts for washing machines! Probably a sad reflection of the way things are. Anyway, all the best to you Chris, a thoroughly decent bloke and great journalist and well done to Nick for acknowledging his professionalism.