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Sue Lloyd-Roberts: 1952 – 2015

Sue Lloyd-Roberts

Journalist Sue Lloyd-Roberts, died last night after suffering from acute myeloid leukaemia.  Sue received a stem cell transplant over the summer, however, she died following complications from the transplant; Sue was 64.

Here is a collection of her work which covers a variety of subjects that Sue felt passionate about and her broadcasting style and journalistic probing – is matched by very few.  There were no bells and whistles with Sue – she was an investigative journalist – who just wanted to get underneath the skin of the subjects she perused – subjects which you knew she felt passionate about and people she deeply cared for.

Journalist Sue Lloyd roberts
Journalist Sue Lloyd roberts

She kept a video diary for the Victoria Derbyshire programme because of her urgent need of a donor whose tissue type is the same as hers.

Sue was educated at Cheltenham Ladies’ College and St Hilda’s College, Oxford.  She worked as a journalist for ITN before joining the BBC, reporting on issues including human rights abuses around the world.

In 2011, she was the first journalist into Homs – the so-called “capital of the Syrian revolution”.

Also during her career, she was sentenced in her absence in China to seven years in prison for her reporting of protests and self-immolations  against the rule of China on the Tibetan plateau:

Sue Lloyd Roberts

And Sue was one of the first journalists to talk about female genital mutilation:

She was appointed MBE and CBE for her humanitarian journalism. She also received the European Women of Achievement Award and won an Emmy for her reporting from North Korea after Newsnight had been invited for the celebrations marking the birthday of the Great Leader, Kim Il-sung, the founder of the country.

Sue Lloyd-Roberts in Bosnia in 1993
Sue Lloyd-Roberts in Bosnia in 1993

But the invite came with a catch – Sue was only allowed to film model farms, model villages, model schools and model homes.  However, she didn’t stop probing or asking uncomfortable questions – even though it greatly angered her minders.  At points, so forthright are her questions – the translator – refuses to translate; maybe fearing he will be blamed.

In June 2014 it was revealed that a mass grave contained the remains of nearly 800 babies and infants in Ireland. The children died whilst in the care of Catholic nuns at a mother and baby home between 1925 and1961. The mortality rate was five times that of babies born outside the convent walls.

Absence by Elizabeth Jennings

“You cannot fake anything if you are trying to write serious poetry.” – Elizabeth Jennings


Elizabeth Jennings (1926-2001) was born in Boston, Lincolnshire but moved to Oxford at the age of six where she lived for the rest of her life. She studied at St. Anne’s College, Oxford and worked in advertising, at the City Library and briefly in publishing before becoming a full-time writer. Her consistent devotion to poetry yielded over twenty books during her life, a New Collected Poems appearing in 2002.

Every Saturday morning on 106.9 SFM Jason McCrossan plays a poem in his Tranquil Time slot. This week’s poem was read by Gill Fraser Lee (@AHappyFLower) and was called Absence by Elizabeth Jennings.