About Owen

Owen is a freelance journalist and writer. A former BBC correspondent and presenter he has been a resident foreign correspondent in Bucharest, Geneva, Islamabad, Hanoi and Beirut. He is currently working on a history of the Bhutto dynasty and an analysis of the global Deobandi movement. Both books will be published by Yale University Press.

He has already published two books. His history of Pakistan: Pakistan: Eye of the Storm is now in its third edition. Target Britain, a thriller set amid the war on terror is available in paperback. In 2004 he contributed to the Lonely Planet guide, Pakistan and the Karakoram Highway.

His writing for the London Review of Books has concentrated on Pakistan, the Iranian militant group MEK (also known as the People’s Mujahedeen of Iran), the Deobandi movement and Northern Ireland. He has also written and broadcast extensively on the Pakistani political party the MQM. His columns for Pakistan’s leading English language newspaper Dawn cover Pakistani and international affairs.


2006 Visiting scholar at University of British Colombia in Vancouver
2012 Ferris Professor of Journalism at Princeton University
2014, Visiting Professor teaching a course on the politics of global health at the University of South Californian.
2018/9 he taught journalism at Zayed University in the UAE.


2008 Sony Radio Gold Award, News Journalist of the Year.
2009 Commonwealth journalist of the year.
2013 New York Festival Radio Awards. Gold for ‘Best Investigative Report’ for Strange World of the People’s Mujahidin.
2013 Sandford St Martin Trust Radio Premier Award. 2013. Runner Up for Blasphemy and the Governor of Punjab (a radio play)
2018 Gold, British Podcast Awards, True Crime category for The Assassination a 10 part investigation into the murder of Benazir Bhutto

Owen graduated from the London School of Economics in 1983 and obtained an M Phil in politics from St Antony’s College Oxford in 1985. In 2018 he was awarded a PhD by publication by the University of Hull.