Tim JudahTim Judah

The Economist

Tim Judah is a journalist and author, covering the Balkans and other regions as a correspondent for The Economist, and is currently a fellow of the "Europe’s Futures" project at Vienna’s Institute for Human Sciences.

He has worked for many major publications and broadcasters, notably writing wartime reportage from Afghanistan to Ukraine for the New York Review of Books. More recently, some of his work has been published in the FT Magazine, and in 2018 he undertook a major investigative project for the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development.

He is the author of three books on the Balkans - The Serbs: History, Myth  and the Destruction of Yugoslavia; Kosovo: War & Revenge; and Kosovo: What Everyone Needs to Know - and in 2016 he also published a book on the conflict in Ukraine (In Wartime: Stories from Ukraine).

In 1990 and 1991, Judah lived in Bucharest, covering the aftermath of communism in Romania and Bulgaria for The Times and The Economist. After that, he moved to Belgrade for both publications in order to cover the war in Yugoslavia. He moved back to London in 1995 but continues to travel to the region frequently.

In 2009 he was a Senior Visiting Research Fellow at LSEE, the south-east Europe research unit of the European Institute at the London School of Economics, where he developed the concept of the "Yugosphere".

He is the president of the board of the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network (BIRN) and a member of the board of the Kosovar Stability Initiative (IKS).

Over the past two decades, Judah has worked around the world for The Economist, the New York Review of Books and others. He has notably reported from countries such as Niger, Senegal, Sudan, Afghanistan, Iraq, North Korea, Darfur, Haiti, France and Armenia.

In 2008 he published Bikila: Ethiopia’s Barefoot Olympian for Reportage Press about the life and times of the first black African to win a gold medal at the 1960 Olympics in Rome, which led him to be shortlisted in the "best new sportswriter" category of the 2009 British Sports Book Awards.