Fergal Keane OBE is a Foreign Correspondent for the BBC.
He was born in London, but raised and educated in Dublin and Cork.
He began his career in journalism in 1979initially working as a reporter on the Limerick Leader, before moving to the national daily newspaper, The Irish Press.
From 1984 to 1987, he worked as a reporter and presenter with Radio and Television Eire, later reporting from Belfast for the station.
He joined the BBC in 1989 as Northern Ireland Correspondent.
In August 1990, he was appointed Southern Africa Correspondent, after having covered the regions during the early 1980’s. It is probably with this region that he is most strongly associated.
Fergal’s reports covered the township unrest in South Africa, Mandela’s increasing popularity and the first multi-racial elections following the end of apartheid
As Southern Africa correspondent he also covered the civil war in Rwanda.
In 1995, Fergal Keane became the BBC’s Asia correspondent, covering all the main stories in the region; from the Tokyo gas attacks in January of that year until the handover of Hong Kong from British to Chinese rule on July 1st 1997
Keane’s reporting has attracted widespread critical acclaim which has led to a number of awards including:
- Royal Television Society Journalist of the Year
- Sony Radio Reporter of the Year
- Voice of the Viewer and Listener Award
- George Orwell Prize
- Bayeux Prize for War Correspondents
- Edward R Murrow Award for War Reporting
- Human Rights Journalist of the Year
- Amnesty International
- One World Media Award
- Index on Censorship Award for Outstanding Commitment to Journalistic Integrity.
In 1996 Fergal was awarded an OBE for services to journalism.