Following his degree in Philosophy and Literature at Warwick University Rich Peppiatt bought the very best suit his overdraft could buy and joined the other notebook-clutching Dick Whittingtons marching on Fleet Street.
Following a spell at the Mail on Sunday, the highlight of which being a trawl of eastern Canada searching for a stripper named Phoenix, the chance arose to hone a fast-developing moral ambivalence at the vastly more cerebral Daily Star.
With his reportage now freed from the shackles of truth, logic or taste, opportunity abounded to tackle nuanced national issues with the tact of a rusted hacksaw. For these services to circulation he was given one of modern society's highest accolades; access to celebrities.
By the spring of 2011 he finally faced up to the glaring reality that he was doing some bad thingsfor some bad people in an attempt to maintain a not bad lifestyle. There was no escaping it; this made him a bad person. He felt bad.
Soon after, he quit. He felt much, much better.
Nowadays Rich is a writer, broadcaster and semi-professional troublemaker. After debuting his comedy show One Rogue Reporter at the Edinburgh Fringe, followed by a hit run at London's Soho Theatre, he is preparing for a nationwide tour in early 2013.
In his spare time he enjoys pottering around his beloved Highbury and writing about himself in the third person.