Author Leah Mahon

NCTJ-Accredited Journalism Undergradute


Staffordshire University students have launched the Staffs Future Journalist competition 2017 to discover the next generation of talented young journalists.

The competition is open to school children aged 7-18 across Staffordshire, Cheshire and the West Midlands who can write up a review, opinion piece or interview to stand a chance of winning.

Features cancer woman Kimberley Unsworth

For Kimberley Unsworth it should have been the best year of her life – a new baby, just married, and starting out in a new home.
Then came the devastating news she had breast cancer.

StaffsLive’s Leah Mahon tells Kimberley’s story of how battling this terminal illness has given her a new lease of life.


When Val Emery paid a visit to her doctor’s one morning, she could have never have guessed it was just the very beginning of her long battle with ovarian cancer.

“August 2007 is when I went for a normal smear test, everything had been normal up until then. Everything.”