Tannaz Lee (nee Fazaipour)
After leaving Heathfield I read Economics at Queen Mary and Westfield College, University of London. I was lucky enough to win a place on the Erasmus exchange scheme, which enabled me to study at Bocconi University in Milan as part of my course.
After graduation I started working on the Foreign Desk of the Sunday Times. I decided to switch to television; the best route into TV News was via a Post Graduate Diploma in Broadcast Journalism, which I did at City University in London.
As I was coming to the end of my course, ITN was setting up its 24-hour news channel. A number of us from City University went to work there and I have been with ITN ever since. I reported on ITV News, on a children’s news programme called First Edition and I did a stint at EuroNews in Lyon. As a producer I worked on the Politics programme, Powerhouse and then I moved to Channel 4 News where I worked for four years. Following the birth of my second child, I have been working as a freelance reporter for ITN Productions where I make corporate style reports.
My Heathfield education taught me to go for it! Network television is so competitive that if you don’t strongly believe you’re going to get somewhere, you won’t. The skills that I learned at school which I have found most useful are the ability to get on with all kinds of people, to be resourceful and not get worked up under pressure. TV News is all about teamwork because if you don’t cooperate, there won’t be a programme and luckily my days at Heathfield mean that I really enjoy this aspect of the job.