David Nicholson trained on the weekly Westmorland Gazette before joining The Northern Echo in 1975, first as a reporter in Middlesbrough and Bishop Auckland, then moving to the subs' desk. In 1980 he moved to London as a freelance sub-editor on a wide variety of tabloid and broadsheet newspaper and magazine titles, including Time Out, Daily Mail, Daily Mirror, The Sunday Times and The Sun. As Executive Features Editor at The Sun, he handled special projects from 1982 to 1987, when he joined Today newspaper. He left that title in 1993 to take the editor's seat at The Yorkshire Evening Press in York. On returning to Fleet Street in 1996, he was News Editor at the Mirror's cable TV channel, Live TV, before transferring to the Sunday Mirror, and then on to The Daily Express for a five-year stint as Assistant Editor. In 2001 he returned to York as a freelance sub-editor and to co-run a crossword compiling business with his wife, Livia. Ten years ago, he co-founded YorkMix.com, now a thriving news and features website, where, as Editor At Large, he describes himself as the superannuated 'back-room boy'.