Tim Marshall

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Tim Marshall
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Marshall at Bellerby & Co, Globemakers
Born Timothy John Marshall
(1959-05-01) 1 May 1959 (age 56)
Ethnicity English
Occupation Journalist, Writer, Broadcaster
Notable credit(s) Sky News, BBC, LBC, IRN

Tim Marshall is a journalist,[1] writer and broadcaster, best known for his reporting and analysis of events in the world of foreign affairs and international diplomacy. Whilst at Sky News, Marshall covered twelve wars over a twenty-four year period. He is the founder and editor of thewhatandthewhy.com, a web platform for journalists, politicians and readers to share their views on world news events. See Tim Marshall on Twitter.

Marshall in Baghdad, 2004


Marshall began his journalistic career reporting for LBC and was their Paris Bureau Correspondent for three years. He has also worked for the BBC and has written for a number of national newspapers including The Times, The Guardian, and The Daily Telegraph. He has also been Foreign Affairs Editor and Diplomatic Editor for Sky News (part of Sky plc).

During more than twenty-four years at Sky News (1991-2015), Marshall has reported from thirty countries and covered the events of twelve wars. He has reported from Europe, the United States, (covering three US Presidential Elections), and Asia, as well as from the field in Bosnia, Croatia and Serbia during the Balkan wars of the 1990s. He spent the majority of the 1999 Kosovo crisis in Belgrade, where he was one of the few western journalists who stayed on to report from one of the main targets of NATO bombing raids. Tim was in Kosovo to greet the NATO troops on the day they advanced into Pristina. His one (brief) return trip to the UK during the Kosovo conflict was to get married.

Marshall reported from the front line during the invasion of Afghanistan and spent a considerable amount of time in Iraq, reporting on the country's transition to democracy. He has reported from Libya, Egypt and Tunisia during the uprisings across the Arab World, and many times from Syria. As Sky News Middle East Correspondent, based in Jerusalem, he covered Israel's Gaza disengagement in August 2005. He was also Sky News Europe Correspondent, heading up their Brussels Bureau and also regularly contributed to the channel's former World News Tonight international news bulletin (including as stand-in host).

Marshall's blog, 'Foreign Matters', was short-listed for the Orwell Prize 2010.[2] In 2004 Tim was a finalist in the Royal Television Society's News Event category for his Iraq War coverage. New York's 'World's Best TV & Films' Festival also recognised Tim’s reporting. He won finalist certificates in 2007, for a report on the Mujahideen, and in 2004 for his documentary 'The Desert Kingdom' which featured exclusive access to Crown Prince Abdullah and his palaces. One of his most notable moments on Sky News involved a six hour unbroken broadcast during the first Gulf War which made news reporting history. He was the last journalist to interview Pakistan’s Benazhir Bhutto ahead of her return from exile and subsequent assassination.

Tim's new book, 'Prisoners of Geography'[3] (UK Publishers: 'Elliott & Thompson' and US Publishers: 'Simon and Schuster') is set for UK release in July 2015 and US release in November 2015. A corresponding documentary series is under development. He continues to broadcast/comment on Foreign Affairs and is a frequent guest on 'Midori House' a radio programme which discusses international news and events on Monocle 24 Radio,[4] a 24-hour online radio station launched by Tyler Brûlé.

He is the founder & editor of 'www.thewhatandthewhy.com'.[5] Launched in February 2015, the site analyses world events and has contributions from various guest writers from the world of politics and journalism.


Tim Marshall at the G8 Summit in Northern Ireland in 2013

Marshall has written three books to date:

1. Shadowplay[6] - an account of his experiences during the Balkans crisis. This was a bestseller in former Yugoslavia and is considered to be one of the most highly regarded accounts of that period.

2. Dirty Northern B*st*rds[7] - a book about the history of Britain's football chants (Released August 2014, Published by Elliott & Thompson). The book was well received by critics and football fans[8] alike and had favourable reviews in The Times, The Telegraph, The Sun and was "Book of the Week" in The Independent‍‍ '​‍s sports section.[9] It was dedicated to the memory of Sky News Cameraman Mickey Deane, a longtime colleague and friend of Marshall's, who was tragically shot dead in Cairo on 14 August 2013.[10]

3. Prisoners of Geography[11] - a book which explains how a country's geography affects their internal fortunes and international relations. UK Publishers are 'Elliott & Thompson', (UK release July 2015). US Publishers are 'Simon and Schuster' (US release in November 2015). Wider European release (TBA)).


Marshall was educated at Prince Henry's Grammar School, a former state grammar school in the market town of Otley, in Leeds, West Yorkshire.

Personal life[edit]

Marshall is a supporter of Leeds United.


Tim Marshall with Robert Elms, BBC London 94.9, August, 2014. Interview about Marshall's book 'Dirty Northern B*st*rds'

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