A high achiever from Hartlepool who has gone on to international success returned to his home town to inspire pupils at his former school.
Ian Sherwood, who is the senior editor of international news for NBC News, in the United States, visited High Tunstall College of Science, in Elwick Road.
Mr Sherwood, who has also held roles at a number of other news organisations, including the BBC, ITV and Sky, spoke to students who are interested in a career in journalism.
It was his first return to the school since leaving 24 years ago, and he spoke to an audience of pupils between years eight and 11.
Headteacher Mark Tilling said: “Ian contacted the school about three months ago telling us he was going to be in the town for a week, and there was an opportunity for him to visit us.
“We were delighted to welcome him back, and we’re hoping this will become a long-term relationship.
“He gave the pupils some inspiration and showed that if you come to High Tunstall, you can succeed, and if you come from Hartlepool, you can go on to bigger and better things.Mark Tilling
“He gave the pupils some inspiration and showed that if you come to High Tunstall, you can succeed, and if you come from Hartlepool, you can go on to bigger and better things.
“He has had a lot of major jobs in the journalistic world, and we certainly wanted to welcome him back here.
“Hartlepool has produced many, many talents. What we need to do is celebrate these talents and show to all young people in Hartlepool that you can achieve and be successful if you take the opportunities that are there for you.”
Mr Sherwood, a former employee of the Mail, has achieved much success in his career, and has met current US president Barack Obama, as well as former president Bill Clinton.
Among the jobs he has worked on have been Obama’s election campaign, the July 7 bombings in London, and the Haiti earthquake.
After Mr Sherwood talked to an audience of about 70 children about his career, they were able to ask questions, and did so for almost 45 minutes.
Mr Tilling added: “The students asked Ian some very challenging questions about his career, and his answers were very insightful.
“He was very positive and really helpful, and the feedback from the pupils seemed to be very positive.
“He encouraged them to take any opportunities which come their way, as when doors open, you have to take the chances you get with both hands.
“He used himself as an example, and one of the students said that it might have happened for him, but it wouldn’t happen for them.
“His answer was that it can happen for anyone if they are open to it, and if you don’t believe it can happen for you, it won’t happen.”