Jonathan Rugman

Senior Associate Fellow


Jonathan Rugman has been a journalist for over thirty years, reporting from over fifty countries and winning fifteen awards, including a BAFTA while covering the Paris terrorist attacks in 2015.

He began his career as the BBC’s Ankara correspondent, reporting from Turkey and Iraq at the end of the first Gulf War in 1991. He then joined The Guardian and The Observer, reporting from the Middle East, Central Asia and the Caucasus, including the conflict in Nagorno Karabakh. He is the author of ‘Ataturk’s Children – Turkey and the Kurds’ – a history of the PKK guerrilla insurgency; and more recently ‘The Killing in the Consulate’, an investigation into the murder of the Saudi journalist, Jamal Khashoggi. The book was described by a Financial Times reviewer as a ‘superb account of this horrendous affair’.

Jonathan has made fifteen current affairs documentaries for BBC Radio 4 and recently left Channel 4 News after twenty-two years, where he served successively as Business, Washington, Diplomatic and Foreign Affairs Correspondent. His reporting has ranged from Syria and Libya during the ‘Arab Spring’, to famine in East Africa, to UN, EU and NATO summits and the battle with ISIS in Iraq. He is now a Visiting Lecturer in the journalism department at City, University of London.


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