Michael Binyon

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Michael Binyon at the French Institute, London November 2015
Michael Roger Binyon
Education Cambridge University (B.A., 1967)
Occupation Leader writer for The Times

Michael Roger Binyon [1] OBE is an English journalist and eminent foreign correspondent, known for serving as The Times's Moscow Correspondent as well as reporting from Berlin, Washington and all over the Middle East. He is currently a leader writer for The Times and occasional arts and books critic.[2]


After Leighton Park School, Binyon went up to read his degree at Magdalene College, Cambridge in 1963, where he was a direct contemporary of BBC foreign correspondent John Simpson, both reading English. Binyon later switched to Arabic, graduating in 1967.


After teaching English in Minsk for a year, he began his career at the BBC Arabic Service and the Times Educational Supplement. He reported from Moscow in the 70s, and went on to cover the fall of the Berlin Wall and numerous Middle East conflicts. Other positions he has held at The Times include: diplomatic editor, Washington bureau chief and Brussels correspondent, where his opposite number at The Telegraph was one Boris Johnson.

Awards & Honours[edit]

  • Binyon was awarded the OBE in 2000 for services to international journalism.[1]
  • His reporting from Moscow garnered two British Press Awards in 1979 and 1980.
  • From 2008 to 2009, he was master of the British Leathersellers' Company.


  1. ^ a b "Supplement No. 1". London Gazette. Her Majesty’s Stationery Office. 19 June 2000. p. 24. Retrieved October 2, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-07-03. Retrieved 2012-09-12.