Fergal Keane

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Early Career and Transition to Broadcasting

Fergal Keane embarked on his journalism career in 1979 with roles at the Limerick Leader and Chronicle before joining The Irish Times. He transitioned to broadcasting as a reporter and presenter for RTE from 1984 to 1987, covering Belfast during a turbulent period.

BBC Career and International Reporting

In 1989, Fergal joined the BBC as Northern Ireland Correspondent, marking the beginning of his extensive career with the organization. He subsequently served as Southern Africa Correspondent from 1990, reporting on the end of apartheid in South Africa and the genocide in Rwanda. His role expanded to Asia Correspondent in 1995, covering significant events such as the Hong Kong handover and the Tokyo underground gas attacks.

Global Reporting and Current Role

Based in London following his Asian postings, Fergal reported on international conflicts including the Kosovo war and the Iraq invasion. He currently serves as Africa Editor for BBC News, focusing on key issues and developments across the continent.

Documentary and Special Projects

Fergal Keane has contributed to several notable BBC documentary projects, including “Forgotten Britain,” “The Story of Ireland,” and providing commentary for significant events like the centenary of the Armistice service. His 2022 documentary, “Living with PTSD,” explored the disorder’s impact based on personal experiences and current research.

Books and Literary Achievements

As a prolific author, Fergal Keane has published several bestselling books, blending historical insights with personal narratives. His works include “Season of Blood,” “Road of Bones,” and “Wounds,” which received critical acclaim and awards for their compelling storytelling.

Awards and Recognition

Throughout his career, Fergal Keane has received numerous accolades, including an OBE for services to journalism, multiple honorary degrees, and prestigious awards such as the Orwell Prize, BAFTA, and Peabody Award for his impactful reporting and literary contributions.

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