Michael Brown

Michael Brown

Michael Brown is a reporter specialising in stories from Benwell, Scotswood & Elswick. He also writes about digital gaming and joined us in 2011.

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Professor Simon Hogg and research postgraduate Dr Alison Auld pictured with a model of turbine blades developed at Durham University. The design of turbines by the university has led to more efficient engines for passenger aircraft and is making wind energy cheaper by improving wind turbines. The research has strong regional links, for example a partnership with the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult (formerly NAREC).

New jet turbines are just one way in which Durham University's research has helped society

The Government praised work by Durham University to improve the design of Rolls Royce jet engines on the world's largest airliner

A view of Kielder Forest in Northumberland National Park

Countdown to North East Tourism Awards 2014 almost over

Glitzy award ceremony at the Stadium of Light will see the region's top tourism businesses crowned

One World Trade Center rises above the lower Manhattan skyline in New York

Newcastle to New York: What it took to bring the North East's direct USA flight to the region

Airport chief Dave Laws reveals how Lord Adonis helped push the deal over the line.

Students on a school trip to Auschwitz in Poland

North East school pupils confront horrors of the Holocaust on Auschwitz educational trip

The Holocaust Educational Trust took around 200 teens from across the North East to Poland for a visit to the notorious death camp

Anne-Isabelle Daulon, project director of Eleven Arches at the launch event in Bishop Auckland

Eleven Arches project could be like Edinburgh Fringe for aspiring students

Community and business leaders are hoping that the £100m vision for Bishop Auckland can provide the skills the North East needs

Puy du Fou

County Durham community leaders visit France to learn about community revival

The group, part of Bishop Auckland's Eleven Arches project, visited the Vendee region to learn from the inspiration for the £100m vision

Graeme Mason, Planning & Corporate Affairs Director at Newcastle International Airport

North East leaders have stood shoulder to shoulder over calls for a third runway at Heathrow

North East business leaders feel a third runway at Heathrow Airport is key to connectivity for the region

Anthony Coulls and Matt Healey drive a replica Rocket steam engine train at Locomotion in Shildon, ahead of the Steam Gala this weekend

County Durham museum celebrates 10th birthday with steam weekend

Locomotion, the National Railway Museum at Shildon, is hosting two days of events as part of its Steam Gala

Jonathan Ruffer at the launch of the Eleven Arches event in Bishop Auckland

Team behind plans for Bishop Auckland medieval show head to France

Jonathan Ruffer heads team which plans a spectacular open air night show and historical leisure park on former golf club in County Durham

James Ramsbotham, chief executive, NECC

Small and medium sized businesses told to hire apprentices to help North East plug skills gap

Latest Manpower survey shows jobs market cooling - but North East firms also struggling to fill vacancies

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