I'm a freelance foreign correspondent, feature and news writer based in London. I have recently been published by The Guardian, The Times, The Telegraph, BBC World, The New Statesman, VICE and more.
I edit and commission features for national news organisations – most recently for The Times' features section, and The Telegraph's foreign news desk.
As well as working in-house, I do some front-line reporting and some not-so front-line reporting. I have written features from refugee camps in Greece and Sweden for leading news titles, filed stories from Iraq, and visited orphanages in Uganda and Rwanda. For balance, I have also interviewed Shane from Westlife.
Recent domestic stories I have covered include the pro-cannabis movement, primary schools for excluded children, and how hospitals let down patients with autism. I also had a column for Radio 4's In Our Time on the BBC website.
In 2016 I was shortlisted for Foreign Correspondent of the Year in the Words By Women Awards for my work on the refugee crisis, and have participated in a panel discussion on migration at King's College London. I have also spoken on BBC Tees about the advent of women's TV channel ITVBe.
For my newsletter - Getting Cleverer with Helen Nianias - I look at one niche topic per mailout, from the evolution of the letter A to the Hijra Peoples of South Asia.
I have hostile environment and first aid training.