Owen Bennett-Jones is a freelance British journalist and one of the hosts of Newshour on the BBC World Service. As a former BBC correspondent having been based in several countries, he also regularly reports from around the world.
Bennett-Jones was educated at Canford School, in Dorset, followed by the London School of Economics in central London, and St. Antony’s College at the University of Oxford.
Bennett-Jones has written for several British newspapers, including The Guardian, Financial Times and The Independent, as well as the London Review of Books. His recent London Review of Books articles have dealt with the MEK – a dissident Iranian militant group – and the assassination of Benazir Bhutto. He has also been a presenter of many programmes on the BBC World Service as well as a resident foreign correspondent in Bucharest, Geneva, Islamabad, Hanoi and Beirut.
In 2008, he won the Sony Radio Gold Award in the News Journalist of the Year.
In 2009, he was the Commonwealth journalist of the year.
In 2012, he was a visiting Ferris Professor of Journalism at Princeton University.
Bennett-Jones’ history of Pakistan, Pakistan: Eye of the Storm (2002), went into a third edition in 2010.
He contributed to the Lonely Planet guide, Pakistan and the Karakoram Highway (2004).
In 2012, he co-wrote a radio play about the assassination of the Pakistani politician Salman Taseer titled Blasphemy and the Governor of Punjab, which was broadcast on BBC Radio 4 and the World Service.
In 2013, Bennett-Jones published his first book of fiction, Target Britain, a thriller set amid the war on terror.
His brother is Peter Bennett-Jones, founder and chairman of Tiger Aspect Television.