By Hamish Mackay
Mike Edwards, who retired from frontline journalism in 2019 after a 40-year newspaper, radio and TV career, has been appointed as Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Dunbartonshire.
He began his media career as a trainee reporter on The Inverness Courier in 1986, and then switched to radio and worked for Radio Forth, Radio Tay and Moray Firth Radio before returning to newspapers as a sports writer for The Press and Journal (P&J) in Inverness.
He subsequently moved to Switzerland and worked in Bern for the World Service of the Swiss Broadcasting Corporation before joining Scottish Television’s reporting team in 1993 – retiring in 2019 after 26 years with the station to become the main carer at home for his mother, Margaret, after she was diagnosed with dementia. She died in 2019, aged 91.
Edwards, who is now an author, charity trustee and British Army reserve officer, told me: ‘My life and career were hardly altruistic and I was all about getting to work on the big stories, and getting my next book published, and working towards my next Army promotion.
“All that has changed, and I am now doing all I can to give something back. I have time and energy and want to help people who need it – rather than write stories about them. I was appointed Deputy Lord Lieutenant totally out of the blue and it is a huge honour’.