Kevin Gopal is a Manchester-based journalist who has been editor of Big Issue North since 2007. Educated in Bolton and at Manchester Polytechnic, now Manchester Metropolitan University, he began his career in 1987 with a job as reporter and subsequently assistant editor with SiYu, a national Chinese community magazine published from Manchester’s Chinatown. He changed direction in 1990 with his next job, moving into business journalism and a role as the first international correspondent for Pharmaceutical Executive, the market leading US monthly. In 1992, he became the first deputy editor of Manchester-based North West Business Insider, also working on the publisher’s contract magazine Airside, for scheduled passengers at Manchester Airport. He went freelance in 1994, continuing to write for North West Business Insider and Pharmaceutical Executive, as well as other business titles. He was also sub-editor at North West Business Insider and its associated titles from 1997 to 2004, and wrote a politics column for the magazine between 2001 and 2006. During his freelance career he helped set up a community newspaper in Dewsbury, edited obituary pages, wrote restaurant reviews, covered rugby league games and produced copy for the private and public sectors.