Karen Hockney has over 20 years experience as a journalist writing for UK national newspapers and magazines on news, features, entertainment, travel, documentaries, film and music.
She cut her teeth working with Piers Morgan at The Sun and her freelance clients include The Times, The Sunday Times, The Evening Standard, The Daily Mail, Radio Times, Heat, Hello, OK and The London Magazine. Karen has had lunch with Nelson Mandela in Cape Town and shared a limo with the Desperate Housewives in Hollywood.
Memorable interviewees include Kate Winslet, Keira Knightley, Danny DeVito, Helen Mirren, Ray Winstone, Mark Strong, Dennis Hopper, Donald Sutherland and his son Kiefer, Courteney Cox, Sean Bean, Amanda Holden, Westlife, The Jonas Brothers, Elle Macpherson, Julie Walters, the cast of Glee, Geena Davis and Sigourney Weaver. She’s dodged verbal bullets from Sir Alan Sugar, Marco Pierre White and Gordon Ramsay, swapped music tips with Simon Cowell and Sharon Osbourne, raced in the US Bull Run and interviewed street kids targeted by death squads in Colombia. She has also worked for corporate clients, writing promotional material for Liberty department store, editorial music features for Disney and press releases and press packs for BBC, ITV, Five and Talkback Thames. She regularly contributes to Sky's website with online content from location trips abroad.
Karen was asked to give media training to the final live show contestants in the first series of The X Factor. She swapped Hertfordshire for the Cote d'Azur and regularly covers covers the Cannes Film Festival, the Monte Carlo TV Festival, MIPCOM and occasional jobs abroad.