Johann Hari is a journalist and playwright.
Since 2003 he has been a columnist for The Independent and a Contributing Editor to Attitude (the UK's main gay magazine). He has also written for the New York Times, Le Monde, the Los Angeles Times, Slate and the New Republic.
In 2007 Johann was named Amnesty International Journalist of the Year for his reporting on the war in Congo, and in 2008 he became the youngest person ever to be awarded the George Orwell Prize for political writing.
He has also been nominated twice for the David Watt Prize, also for political writing. In 2003, he was named Young Journalist of the Year at the Press Gazette awards.
Since he began work as a journalist, Johann has been attacked in print by the Daily Telegraph, John Pilger, Peter Oborne, Private Eye, the Socialist Worker, Cristina Odone, the Spectator, Andrew Neil, George Galloway, Mark Steyn, the British National Party, Medialens, al Muhajaroun and Richard Littlejohn.
Johann has been called "a Stalinist" and "beneath contempt" by Noam Chomsky, "an uppity little queer" by Bruce Anderson, and "fat" by the Dalai Lama.
His play Going Down in History was performed at the Garage Theatre, Edinburgh in 2002 to critical acclaim and his first book, God Save the Queen? was published in 2003.
Johann was born in Glasgow in 1979. He has lived in London since he was a baby, and is now based in Brick Lane, east London.