If variety is the spice of life, then my career must be a vindaloo. What else could explain a background that has involved revealing the 'Mission Impossible' takeover attempt of Rangers by Ethan Hunt; that Little Britain stars created a storm when describing Motherwell in less than complimentary terms; unveiling Scotland's most valuable companies; and detailing the £1bn hole in the country's public sector pensions. All without a jug of iced water in sight.
Diagnosed with a leaking heart valve and burdened with a stammer, he was told in early childhood he would have to take a desk job and give up any thought of fulfilling a journalistic career.
However, he overcame his health problems, starting as a junior reporter with the Turriff Advertiser to become one of Scotland's best known journalists as well as a successful author and documentary writer.