Jon Swain - writer and foreign correspondent

Over more than 40 years in the trade, Jon has reported on conflict and disaster. He has painstakingly investigated and laid bare the extremes of human behaviour.

Jon took the last plane into Cambodia during the Vietnam War to be the only British journalist to witness the fall of Phnom Penh and its horrific aftermath as recorded in the Oscar-winning film, The Killing Fields. He walked over the mountains from Montenegro into Kosovo to become the first to witness independently what the Serbs did under NATO bombardment. He was with the American Special Forces on their hunt for Osama Bin Laden in the Tora Bora mountains of Afghanistan. He has reported from Iran, Iraq, East Timor and Sri Lanka. In Africa, he has reported on Rwanda, Congo, Zimbabwe, Ethiopia, Eritrea and Sudan as well as Nigeria, Chad, Kenya, Cameroon, Djibouti, Algeria, Mozambique and Libya. He knows France, South East Asia and the Far East well, having lived in - and reported from - Paris and Hong Kong. Here is a selection of Jon’s reports from the 1970s to the present, and a link to some of Jon’s recent reports.

Jon occasionally branches out. He has written about how the practice of journalism has changed during his working life. Lighter articles include interviews with film stars, and his recent discoveries of motorcycling and skiing have also featured in Jon’s writing. Here are some of his lighter pieces.

Jon has received many awards. At 27, Jon was the youngest ever winner of the British Press Awards Journalist of the Year. He is especially glad to have won a James Cameron Award for journalism because the recipient is decided on by his peers.