He is a journalist and an expert on Middle-East conflicts.
He has written several books about Middle-East conflicts.
He received Amnesty International UK Press Awards in 1998 for his reports from Algeria and again in 2000 for his articles on NATO air campaign against Yugoslavia in 1999. He also received the British Press Awards' International Journalist of the Year seven times, and twice won its "Reporter of the Year" award.
Fisk lives in Beirut, Lebanon.
Fisk was made an honorary Doctor of Laws by the University of St Andrews on June 24, 2004. The Political and Social Sciences department of Ghent University (Belgium) awarded him an honorary doctorate on March 24, 2006. Fisk was also awarded an honorary doctorate by the American University of Beirut in June 2006.
Received a BA in English and Classics at Lancaster University and a PhD in Political Science, awarded by Trinity College, Dublin in 1985.
After the allied victory of 1918, at the end of my father's war, the victors divided up the lands of their former enemies. In the space of just seventeen months, they created the borders of Northern Ireland, Yugoslavia and most of the Middle East. And I have spent my entire career - in Belfast and Sarajevo, in Beirut and Baghdad - watching the people within those borders burn.
War is primarily not about victory or defeat but about death and the infliction of death. It represents the total failure of the human spirit.
And I think, in the end, that is the best definition of journalism I have heard; to challenge authority - all authority - especially so when governments and politicians take us to war, when they have decided that they will kill and others will die.