Peter Hounam is an investigative journalist and author born in Darlington, Northern England in 1944.
He gained a BSc (Hon’s) degree in Applied Physics in 1966. From then until 1970 he was press officer and technical editor of The Marconi Company. In 1970 he became Editorial Manager of Dominion Press, a magazine publishing company in charge of 13 editorial staff.
He left in 1973 to tour Europe and Turkey with his wife and children for six months. When he returned, he became reporter, and then assistant editor of the Hornsey Journal, a weekly newspaper in North London and then acting editor.
In 1978 he was appointed planning and local government correspondent of the Evening Standard, London.
Interviewed for Television (2019)
In 1981 he became that paper’s chief investigator. In 1985 he wrote a best-selling book, ‘Secret Cult’ with Andrew Hogg, published by Lion Publishing, which exposed a religious sect that had infiltrated Britain’s Liberal Party and the Church of England. It sold 26,000 copies.
Hounam left the Evening Standard in 1986 to join The Sunday Times, helping to reform its revered Insight investigative team. He was promoted to Chief Investigative Reporter in 1989.