Ed Vulliamy

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Ed Vulliamy
Ed wearing a blue and white striped shirt, speaking into a microphone
Ed Vulliamy speaking at the 2006 Omarska camp commemoration
Born (1954-08-01) 1 August 1954 (age 64)
OccupationJournalist, correspondent
Known forWar reporting in Bosnia and Iraq

Edward Sebastian Vulliamy (born 1 August 1954), is a British journalist and writer.

Early life and career[edit]

Vulliamy was born and grew up in Notting Hill, London. His mother is the children's author and illustrator Shirley Hughes,[1] his father was the architect John Sebastian Vulliamy, of the Vulliamy family, and his grandfathers were the Liverpool store owner Thomas Hughes and the author C. E. Vulliamy. He was educated at the independent University College School and at Hertford College, Oxford, where he wrote a thesis on the Northern Ireland "Troubles".

In 1979, he joined Granada Television's flagship documentary programme World In Action, and won a Royal Television Society Award for a film about Ireland. In 1986, he joined The Guardian as a reporter. From there, he covered the Balkan wars, uncovering a gulag of concentration camps. In August 1992 Vulliamy and British journalist, Penny Marshall managed to gain access to the notorious Omarska camp.[2] Their graphic accounts of the conditions of the prisoners were recorded for the documentary Omarska's survivors: Bosnia 1992.[3]

He was awarded most major prizes in British journalism for his coverage of the war in Bosnia. As a result of this work, Vulliamy became the first journalist since the Nuremberg trials to testify at an international war crimes tribunal.[1] He went on to testify in ten trials for the prosecution at the International Criminal Tribunal for Former Yugoslavia, including those of Bosnian Serb leaders Dr. Radovan Karadzic and General Ratko Mladic.

In 1994, and again from 1997 to 2003, Vulliamy was based in Washington and later New York as US Correspondent for the Guardian's sister paper, The Observer. There he covered the 9/11 attacks and their aftermath.[1] He had covered the Iraq war of 1991, and then proceeded to report that of 2003, revealing atrocities by the coalition invasion forces, and some of the first insurgent action.

Among his awards for newspaper reporting are: Granada Television's Foreign Correspondent of the Year Award for 1992 International Reporter of the Year 1992, the Amnesty International Media award 1992, and the James Cameron Award in 1994. He was named Foreign Reporter of the Year in 1993 and 1997

From 2003 onwards, he has worked along the US-Mexican border, reporting on issues of migration and the emergent drug wars.[1] This work led to his book Amexica: War Along the Borderline, which in 2013 won the Ryszard Kapuscinski Award for Literary Reportage – named in honour of the writer, creator and master of the genre.[4]

Vulliamy badly broke his leg in 2013, and wrote a detailed article from the patient's viewpoint about his prolonged treatment with the Ilizarov apparatus, an external frame that stretches the leg.[5]

He left the staff of The Guardian and The Observer newspapers in October 2016, after 31 years, to become a full-time freelance author, journalist, librettist and film-researcher - but continues to work for Guardian Films on the peace process between the Colombian government and the FARC, narco-traffic and the US-Mexico border. In 2018 he published his memoir, When Words Fail: A Life with Music, War and Peace, for Granta. The book explores music and conflict, and features the last interview with B. B. King.


Vulliamy has two daughters.[citation needed]


  • Ed Vulliamy, Seasons in Hell: Understanding Bosnia's War, St Martins Press (New York, 1994). ISBN 978-0-312-11378-0
  • David Leigh and Ed Vulliamy, Sleaze: The Corruption of Parliament, Fourth Estate (Londo, 1997). ISBN 978-1-85702-694-8
  • Ed Vulliamy, Amexica: War Along the Borderline, Bodley Head (London, 2010). ISBN 978-1-84792-128-4; Farrar, Straus and Giroux (New York 2010) ISBN 978-0-374-10441-2
  • Ed Vulliamy, The War is Dead, Long Live the War: Bosnia: the Reckoning, Bodley Head (London, 19 April 2012). ISBN 978-1-84792-194-9
  • Michael Jacobs and Ed Vulliamy, "Everything is Happening: Journey into a Painting". Granta, London, 2014.
  • Ed Vulliamy, When Words Fail: A Life with Music, War and Peace, Granta Books, London, 2018 ISBN 9781783783366


  1. ^ a b c d "Private Passions: Ed Vulliamy". BBC. 2018. Retrieved 3 October 2018.
  2. ^ Tanner, Marcus (30 November 2017). "UK's Vulliamy Recalls Encounters with Belligerent Praljak". Balkan Insight. Retrieved 3 October 2018.
  3. ^ http://aje.io/avkd
  4. ^ "About Ed Vulliamy". openDemocracy. Retrieved 3 October 2018.
  5. ^ Ed Vulliamy. "How Comrade Ilizarov saved my leg". The Observer. Retrieved 13 December 2015.

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