Brian Whitaker has been a journalist for the British newspaper The Guardian since 1987 and was its Middle East editor from 2000 to 2007.
He studied Arabic studies at the University of Westminster and Latin (BA Hons) at the University of Birmingham. He is currently an editor on the paper's "Comment is free". He also writes articles for Guardian Unlimited, the internet edition of the paper. He runs a personal, non-Guardian-related website, Al-Bab.com, about politics in the Arab world.
- News Limited: Why You Can't Read All About it, 1981 (London: Minority Press Group) ISBN 978-0-906890-03-5, ISBN 978-0-906890-04-2, OCLC 8229010
- Notes and Queries, vol. 1-5, 1990 (London: Fourth Estate) ISBN 978-1-872180-22-9, OCLC 22182928, a collection of Q&A from the readers of The Guardian
- Unspeakable Love: Gay and Lesbian Life in the Middle East, 2006 (London: Saqi Books) ISBN 978-0-86356-819-0, (Berkeley:University of California Press) ISBN 0-520-25017-6, OCLC 238877880
- What's "Really" Wrong with the Middle East?, 2009 (London: Saqi Books) ISBN 978-0-86356-624-0, OCLC 416261943