Martin Bashir is an award-winning broadcast journalist who, until recently, hosted his own daily news show based in New York. He is best known for conducting a series of exclusive interviews and landmark documentaries on subjects as wide-ranging as the Princess of Wales, Michael Jackson, the nanny Louise Woodward who was charged with killing the child in her care, and exclusively exposing the BALCO scandal that involved superstar athletes Marion Jones and Tim Montgomery and the man behind their use of performance-enhancing drugs, Victor Conte.
In addition to breaking internationally-impactful stories he also anchored major events, from the Olympic Games to the Royal Wedding of Prince William to Kate Middleton. His determined pursuit of investigative journalism has impacted the criminal justice process – with his documentary about five individuals suspected of murdering the black teenager Stephen Lawrence being used in court proceedings that resulted in their convictions for murder.
He has anchored landmark series – The Organ Farm which followed the genetic-modification of pig organs for the purpose of human transplantation – A Day in September’ which told the story of firefighters on 9/11 – Serial Killers – featuring Tommy Lyn Sells who was executed this year after murdering at least 22 individuals – and A Major Fraud which told the story of how a contestant on Who Wants to be a Millionaire managed to cheat his way to the top prize.
In addition to journalistic impact, he has been able to maintain a record of ratings success – from his achievements at the BBC and ITV to helping take Nightline on ABC from third place to first, and raising the status of NBC’s cable news network from fourth to second and occasionally first.
Aside from his work on television, he has anchored his own weekly broadcast for BBC Radio in London and written for a variety of publications including the Financial Times, The Sunday Times, The Tatler and a column in The Observer newspaper. His work has won numerous accolades from award-making bodies around the world, including BAFTA, the Royal Television Society and the International Emmy Awards.
He has lectured at several schools and colleges and has been involved as a consultant, reading and offering advice on works published by several theologians including Dr Tim Keller of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York. He has chaired public debates at Columbia University on the philosophy of religion and the challenge of the so-called New Atheists.
Beyond his work as a journalist, he played himself in the movie Mike Bassett: England Manager, a comedic romp about the trials and tribulations of a national soccer coach and makes cameo appearances in several other films ranging from The Queen to Never Say Never; has been featured on political sketch shows written by the creator of Veep, Armando Iannucci; he appears several times in the current series of Madam Secretary on CBS. In addition, he is a musician and has executive produced the jazz album – String Theory – and released his own set of original work.
He has a first degree from the University of Winchester and spent a year as a post-graduate student at King’s College, London University under the supervision of Bishop Richard Harries.
He is married with three children, has been a keen sportsman, and is Patron of Action Duchene and supports the work of Charley’s Fund, both charitable organizations which are seeking to find a cure for Muscular Dystrophy (he had a brother who died from the condition). He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in London.