Decca Aitkenhead

"After a summer of racist chants at Euro 2012, and John Terry's trial, it was extraordinarily affecting to see Doreen Lawrence carry the Olympic flag. I became a journalist in the year of her son's murder, and an honorary patron of Show Racism the Red Card following my recent interview with her, which you can read here. The only interviewee who has ever moved me to tears, Doreen Lawrence knows how far we still have to go before racism is behind us."

Decca Aitkenhead writes the Monday interview in the Guardian. She grew up in Wiltshire, studied politics in Manchester, and has been a columnist and features writer for most of Fleet Street's broadsheet newspapers, as well as a regular contributor to BBC radio and television. She and her partner and their two young sons live in east London, and spend as much time as they possibly can in Treasure Beach, Jamaica.