Monica Porter (freelance journalist)
About: Hungarian-born Monica Porter grew up mainly in New York before moving to London in her teens. Her father was the Hungarian journalist and writer Peter Halasz, and her mother was the nightclub singer Vali Racz.
Although she initially set out to be an actress, Monica turned to journalism in the Seventies, starting as staff writer on the weekly Local Government Chronicle. She writes for leading British newspapers including the Daily Mail, for which she has been writing the popular weekly column, Missing and Found, since 1999. Other papers to which she has contributed features include The Times, Sunday Times, Financial Times, Guardian, Daily Telegraph, Daily Express, Mail on Sunday, Evening Standard, Jewish Chronicle, The Stage and Press Gazette. She is a contributor to Reader’s Digest, Saga Magazine and British Airways’ Business Life, and her work has appeared in women’s magazines such as Eve, Woman’s Journal, Woman’s Own, Good Housekeeping and Psychologies.