London School of Economics
University of Oxford
|Occupation||Journalist, presenter, writer|
|Relatives||Peter Bennett-Jones (brother)|
Owen Bennett-Jones is a freelance British journalist and one of the hosts of Newshour on the BBC World Service. As a former BBC correspondent having been based in several countries he also regularly reports from around the world.
Life and career
Bennett-Jones won the Sony Radio Gold Award in the News Journalist of the Year category for 2008. He was the Commonwealth journalist of the year in 2009. He has written for several British newspapers, including The Guardian, Financial Times and The Independent, as well as the London Review of Books. Recent London Review of Books articles have dealt with the MEK – a dissident Iranian militant group – and the assassination of Benazir Bhutto. He has also been a presenter of many programmes on the BBC World Service. He has been a resident foreign correspondent in Bucharest, Geneva, Islamabad, Hanoi and Beirut. His history of Pakistan, Pakistan: Eye of the Storm, went into a third edition in 2010. He has contributed to the Lonely Planet guide to Pakistan. In 2012, he co-wrote a radio play about the assassination of the Pakistani politician Salman Taseer titled "Blasphemy and the Governor of Punjab", which was broadcast on BBC Radio 4 and the World Service. In 2012, he was a visiting Ferris Professor of Journalism at Princeton University.
In 2013, Bennett-Jones published his first book of fiction, Target Britain, a thriller set amid the war on terror.
His brother is Peter Bennett-Jones, founder and chairman of Tiger Aspect Television.