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Fergal Keane
Fergal Keane
BBC special correspondent

Fergal Keane is a special correspondent for BBC News, based in London in the BBC's World Affairs unit.

Fergal Keane joined the BBC in 1989 as Northern Ireland correspondent.

In August 1990 he was appointed Southern African correspondent, having covered the region during the early 1980s.

From 1990 to 1994 Fergal's reports covered the township unrest in South Africa and the first multi-racial elections following the end of apartheid and the genocide in Rwanda.

In 1995 he was appointed Asia correspondent based in Hong Kong and two years later returned to be based in the BBC's World Affairs Unit in London.

Fergal returned to Rwanda in 2004, for a special BBC Panorama programme which marked the 10th anniversary of the genocide.

He was named as overall winner of the Amnesty International Press Awards in 1993 and won an Amnesty television prize in 1994 for his investigation of the Rwandan genocide, Journey Into Darkness.

He began his career in journalism in 1979 as a reporter on the Limerick Leader and Chronicle before moving to the national daily newspaper, The Irish Press.

In 1996 Fergal Keane was awarded an OBE for services to journalism.


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