Tim Judah's first jobs were at the BBC African Service and BBC World Service.
When revolutions across Eastern Europe cast off communism at the end of 1989 Tim found himself endlessly dialling numbers in Romania and cutting tape at the World Service.
This, he thought, was not what he had wanted to become a journalist for.
At the beginning of 1990, with burgeoning family in tow, he set up shop at the top of a Ceausescu-era block of flats on the outskirts of the Romanian capital Bucharest.
He was working for the Economist and The Times.
In 1991, as post-revolutionary Romania faded from the news, rumblings of war could be heard from neighbouring Yugoslavia.
Tim and family moved to Belgrade, which was a base for covering the Croatian and Bosnian wars.
In 1995 he returned home to London.
Following 9/11 he covered the fall of the Taleban in Afghanistan
He continues to cover the Balkans though, travelling there every couple of months.
He writes most of the Balkan coverage for The Economist but also works for the New York Review of Books, The Observer, the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network (BIRN) and others.
He is the author of two books on the region: The Serbs: History, Myth and the Destruction of Yugoslavia and Kosovo: War and Revenge.
Despite following the Balkans, Tim frequently "breaks out" to do other things.
Following 9/11 he covered the fall of the Taleban in Afghanistan for The Economist, then the fall of Saddam Hussein from Baghdad.
In recent years he has also reported from Iceland, Sudan, North Korea, Iran and several other places.