Dan is a British investigative journalist, presenter and director specialising in gripping environment stories for radio, podcasts, TV and film. 

In 2020, he co-founded Smoke Trail Productions in the UK with Lucy Taylor. Upcoming projects include a multi-episode narrative podcast series for BBC Radio 4, an hour-long radio documentary for the BBC World Service and a short documentary film commissioned by the renowned international film festival Hot Docs. He made his directorial debut with a short film, The Catastrophe Garden, which was released on the streaming platform Waterbear in the spring of 2022. 

Previously Dan was a foreign correspondent for international TV and radio news networks, based for three years in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania and then a further three years in Moscow, Russia. Prior to that, Dan worked in the UK for ITV News, where he was shortlisted for a national Royal Television Society award for his investigation into wrongdoing in the police.

Dan Ashby

Basic information

Dan Ashby
Investigative journalist, presenter and director
gripping environment stories
United Kingdom

Supported projects

Into the Wasteland

  • Environment
  • Organised crime

LONDON - A highly-produced three-part, narrative podcast, it follows the dirty trail of British waste from dustbins in England and exposes a British system creaking under the weight of hundreds of millions of tonnes of waste - with illegal dumping happening with impunity both at home and abroad.