Paul Kenyon is a multi-award winning investigative journalist, presenter and author. He has reported from danger-zones around the world for BBC Panorama, and is one of the UK’s most experienced undercover film-makers.
Before becoming one of Panorama’s youngest ever reporters, he fronted his own investigative show on BBC1, “Kenyon Confronts”.
In 2011 he was the first TV journalist to report from both sides of the Libya conflict, and won the prestigious Association of International Broadcasters Award.
In 2009 he was named the Royal Television Society’s specialist journalist of the year for his documentaries on the world’s most dangerous migration route; across the Sahara Desert into Libya and then on to Europe.
His other awards include:
- 2012 Broadcast Award, Best Documentary for “Undercover Care – The Abuse Exposed”
- 2011 Royal Television Society’s Scoop of the Year, for “Undercover Care – The Abuse Exposed”
- 2011 Royal Television Society’s Current Affairs Programme of the Year, for “Undercover Care”
- 2010 International Recognition Award from Spanish Television for his documentary exposing child slave labour in the chocolate industry across West Africa.
His first book, I am Justice: A Journey out of Africa was published by Preface in April 2009 and was received widely and warmly. It is the story of 27 African migrants and their desperate journey across the Sahara and the Mediterranean to find safety in Europe. The Daily Telegraph called it “…a testament to the power of the printed word as medium for foreign reporting.” The BBC’s John Simpson said, “I read Paul’s book with considerable emotion, and found it very moving. His understanding of and empathy with the characters in this extraordinary drama is hugely impressive”.
His book Dictatorland: The Men who Stole Africa was described by the Daily Express as ‘A jaw-dropping tale of greed, corruption and brutality’. Chronicling the regimes of some of the African continent’s most extreme dictators, this book probes the dark secrets of Western greed and complicity, the insatiable taste for chocolate, oil, diamonds and gold that have encouraged dictators to rule with an iron hand, siphoning off their share of the action into mansions in Paris and banks in Zurich and keeping their people in dire poverty. It was published by Head of Zeus in January 2018.