Paul Mason is a freelance journalist and broadcaster.
Born in Leigh, Greater Manchester in 1960, he studied music and politics at Sheffield University, then switched to journalism.
He started on local free-sheets before moving to Reed Business Information. As deputy editor of Computer Weekly he was part of a team that uncovered a series of IT disasters and controversies, including the role of software in the Chinook helicopter crash on the Mull of Kintyre. He became BBC Newsnight's business correspondent in 2001, making his first live appearance on 9/11, and was made Newsnight's economics editor in 2008.
He joined Channel 4 News in 2013, and covered Greece, the Gaza war and the Scottish referendum. His job title was economics editor.
In April 2016 he went freelance and since then has been a consultant on the movie Jason Bourne, started a blog called Mosquito Ridge and appeared regularly as a commentator and analyst on Brexit, Trump and the Corbyn phenomenon.
He has been twice shortlisted for the Orwell Prize and his groundbreaking reports on the rise of China as an economic power won the Wincott Award for Business Journalism in 2003. He won the Diageo African Business Reporting Award in 2007, and was named the Royal Television Society's specialist reporter of the year in 2012 for his coverage of the economic crisis and social unrest in southern Europe.
His books include "Why It's Kicking Off Everywhere" - an account of the occupy movement and the Arab Spring, the novel "Rare Earth" set in China and "Postcapitalism: A Guide to Our Future" published in 2015.