Tim Marshall

Tim Marshall

Formal First Name
Timothy (Tim)
5/1/1959 - present

Tim Marshall is a prominent journalist, broadcaster, and bestselling author who has written and reported widely on foreign affairs, international diplomacy and post-war geopolitics. He has reported from over 40 countries, covering the events of 12 wars and various conflicts in Croatia, Bosnia, Macedonia, Kosovo, Afghanistan, Iraq, Lebanon, Syria and Israel. After 30-plus years in broadcasting, Marshall left news journalism full-time. He is now concentrating ​on writing and analysis to provide a sharp political commentary and analysis of global affairs.


  • Marshall has reported from more than 30 countries including many conflict zones. 
  • He covered the conflicts in Iraq, Gaza, Afghanistan, Libya, and Syria.
  • He has reported in the field from Bosnia, Croatia, and Serbia during the Balkan wars of the 1990s.
  • He spent the majority of the 1999 Kosovo crisis in Belgrade, where he was one of the few western journalists who stayed on to report from one of the main targets of NATO bombing raids. 
  • His celebrated six-hour unbroken broadcasting stint as ground attack went in during the Gulf War made news reporting history.


  • Shot with bird pellet in Cairo
  • Hit over the head with a plank of wood in London
  • Bruised by the police in Tehran
  • Arrested by Serbian intelligence
  • Detained in Damascus
  • Declared persona non grata in Croatia
  • Bombed by the RAF in Belgrade
  • Tear-gassed all over the world


  • In 2015, Marshall published Prisoners of Geography, an international bestseller that was adapted for younger audiences in 2019 as Prisoners of Geography: Our World Explained in 12 Simple Maps. 
  • His other works include Worth Dying For (2016), Divided (2018), Shadowplay (2019) and The Power of Geography (2021).
  • He has written for numerous national newspapers including the Times, the Guardian, and the Daily Telegraph.
  • His blog "Foreign Matters" was shortlisted for the Orwell Prize in 2010.
  • He has received awards from the Royal Television Society and The New York TV Festival. 



  • Foreign news and international diplomacy
  • Connecting the dots between global events
  • Geopolitics