Dr Eamonn O’Neill is an internationally award-winning investigative journalist and academic who lives in Scotland, UK.
Born in Scotland in 1967, Eamonn took both his undergraduate and postgraduate degrees at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland, where he is now a Lecturer in Journalism and Programme Director of the MSc in Investigative Journalism. This degree is also uniquiely available to US-based students studying in the English Department of Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, USA.
He has researched, produced, directed and presented investigative productions for Scottish Television, Channel 4, BBC and international channels including Discovery, National Geographic and The Crime and Investigation Network. In 2007 the American Journalism Review revealed that Eamonn O’Neill had been one of the first journalists globally to refer in a published article to having conducted an “interview by email” as far back as January 1996 when covering the US Presidential elections.
Over the years Eamonn has carried out major groundbreaking investigations for almost every broadsheet newspaper in the UK and numerous international publications. He has held senior positions with GQ and Esquire magazines and his work has been syndicated to a global market on a regular basis with his most recent assignment focusing on nuclear terrorism for the latter.
Eamonn’s articles and documentaries have focused on crime, intelligence, terrorism and miscarriage of justice cases. His work on the latter category includes the 11 years he spent investigating the Robert Brown case which ended with a 25-year wrongful murder conviction being overturned by the Court of Appeal, London, in November 2002.
Eamonn O’Neill’s work has been honoured in national and international awards including: The Paul Foot Award; The British Press Awards; the Scottish BT Media Awards; and The British Film & Television Academy. He was the first British journalist to be awarded an American IRE (Investigative Reporters and Editors) honour in the Special Award (Tom Renner Award) category for his lifetime’s investigative work on miscarriages of justice.
Eamonn founded Scotland’s first campus-based Innocence Project at the University of Strathclyde in 2007-8 and chaired the Miscarriages of Justice Organisation conference in Glasgow City Chambers 2008, the UK’s United Against Injustice Conference 2009, the Innocence Network UK’s 2010 conference, London, the MOJO-organised ‘Whatever Happened to the Birmingham Six’ event at the Glasgow Film Theatre and the March 2011 Innocence Network UK’s Spring Conference. Eamonn also hosted the International Network Street Papers Awards in the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Glasgow in July 2011, in front of an audience of invited guests and dignitaries and delegates from dozens of countries representing publications aimed at, featuring and written by the homeless.
In March 2010 Eamonn received a Strathclyde University Teaching Excellence Award certificate of recognition for ’outstanding teaching’. These awards were nominated by students and staff and marked the university’s first such event of its kind. This honour was repeated for the second consecutive year in May 2011, when Eamonn once again received a certificate in the Teaching Excellence Awards following nominations from colleagues and also students studying on his undergraduate and postgraduate classes. In April 2012, Eamonn received his third consecutive nomination for Teaching Excellence in the category of Most Supportive Teacher. Recently, in April 2013, Eamonn also received his fourth consecutive nomination in the category of Most Enthusiastic Teacher.
In April 2013, Eamonn O’Neill was invited to give expert evidence about investigative journalism to the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh. He spoke at length on the subject of the possible impact of new press regulation to the Parliament’s Education and Culture Committee.
In May 2013, Eamonn O’Neill presented a landmark 1-hour network documentary on BBC Radio 4, ‘Heroes and Hacks’ broadcast to a worldwide audience examining the legacy Watergate had for investigative journalism. This was a new project building on Eamonn’s PhD thesis and will serve as the starting point for a forthcoming academic/trade book and multi-platform digital project looking at the same subject in an expanded form.
On campus, Eamonn is also researching projects and papers related to his fields of academic interest including: Digital newsgathering techniques and use of multi-platform presentations in News, Features and Investigative journalism projects; Investigative Journalism and Miscarriages of Justice; the work of Ludovic Kennedy; the application of investigative journalism practices and techniques to other inquiry-based disciplines. He has given visiting lectures recently at UK universities and at campuses in the USA.
Since September 2009, Eamonn has investigated and presented investigations for BBC Radio Scotland and appears weekly on its Media Review slot.
In his spare time, almost three decades after he completed his first marathon in 1984 aged 17, Eamonn is still running regularly. He is currently training for his next 10K in October 2013.
He is married to an American artist and they have 4+ year-old twin-sons.