Tim Marshall

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Tim Marshall
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Marshall at Bellerby & Co, Globemakers next to 'The Churchill' Globe
Born Timothy John Marshall
(1959-05-01) 1 May 1959 (age 56)
Occupation Journalist, writer, broadcaster
Notable credit(s) Sky News, BBC, LBC, IRN
Website www.thewhatandthewhy.com

Tim Marshall is a British journalist, writer and broadcaster, known for his reporting and analysis of developments in foreign news and international diplomacy. Marshall was formerly diplomatic and foreign affairs editor for Sky News. He has written three books, including Prisoners of Geography[1] and is founder and editor of news web platform thewhatandthewhy.com, a site for journalists, politicians, foreign affairs analysts and enthusiasts to share their views on world news events.

Marshall in Baghdad, 2004


Marshall began his journalistic career reporting for LBC and was their Paris Bureau Correspondent for three years. He has also reported for the BBC and has written for a number of national newspapers. He was also the longstanding Foreign Affairs Editor and then Diplomatic Editor for Sky News.

During over twenty-four years at Sky News, Marshall 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. He was in Kosovo on the day NATO troops advanced into Pristina.

Marshall reported from the front line during the invasion of Afghanistan and spent time in Iraq, reporting on the country's transition to democracy. He has reported from Libya, Egypt, Syria and Tunisia during the uprisings across the Arab World. 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 he was a finalist in the Royal Television Society's News Event category for his Iraq War coverage. 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. He was the last journalist to interview Pakistan's Benazhir Bhutto ahead of her return from exile and subsequent assassination.

Marshall's book, 'Prisoners of Geography'[3] was released in the UK in July 2015 and in the U.S. in October 2015.[4] He continues to broadcast/comment on foreign affairs and is a regular guest on BBC, Sky News and on Monocle 24 Radio's 'Midori House'.[5]

He is the founder & editor of 'www.thewhatandthewhy.com'.[6] Launched in February 2015, the site analyses world events and has contributions from writers from the world of politics and journalism.


Tim Marshall at the G8 Summit in Northern Ireland in 2013

Marshall has written three books:

  • Prisoners of Geography (July 2015) explaining how a country's geography affects their internal fortunes and international strategy. This book made the MPs Summer Reading List [7] for 2015 and featured on BBC's Meet The Author in July 2015.[8] The book has received favourable reviews (including in The Evening Standard[9]and Newsweek[10]).
  • Dirty Northern B*st*rds – about the history of Britain's football chants (August 2014, Elliott & Thompson). The book was favourably reviewed in The Times, The Telegraph, The Sun and was "Book of the Week" in The Independent‍‍ '​‍s sports section.[11] It was dedicated to the memory of Sky News cameraman Mickey Deane, a longtime colleague and friend of Marshall's, who was shot dead in Cairo in August 2013.[12]
  • Shadowplay – documenting the downfall of Slobodan Milosevic and containing Marshall's account of his experiences during the Balkans crisis.


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


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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