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In her newspaper career Gill covered many of the major events in British life, plus natural and man-made disasters around the world.

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She trained as a reporter on the Mirror Group’s graduate training scheme then joined the staff of the Sunday People.

In 1979 she joined the Daily Mail as a news reporter.

In 1990 she moved to the Daily Mirror as a feature writer.

In 2000 she turned freelance and her work has been published in the Sunday Times, Observer, Daily and Sunday Telegraph, Evening Standard, News of the World, Saga magazine and various women’s magazines as well as the Daily Mail and Daily Mirror. She joined the staff of the Daily Express for two years, then returned to freelancing.


In 1999 she covered the Kosovo conflict and was the first journalist to reveal some of the major atrocities committed by the Serb paramilitaries, including the massacre of the Berisha family in Suva Reka, which in 2009 became the subject of a trial at the International Court of Justice.

Gill was twice short-listed for an award in the prestigious British Press Awards: as Interviewer of the Year in 1998 and as the colour writer on the team which covered the Ladbroke Grove rail crash,
short-listed for the Team of the Year award in 2000.

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