Frank Gardner

Frank Gardner



  • Terrorism and Security
  • The Middle East
  • Current Affairs
  • Overcoming Adversity

What he offers

Frank draws on his experiences as a security correspondent to offer audiences remarkable accounts of his time in the Middle East. Having witnessed some truly terrifying situations his determination to return to his full and active life makes his story both fascinating and inspirational.

How he presents

Frank is a good communicator, knows how to handle situations spontaneously and comes across really well.

Frank Gardner OBE is the BBC’s fulltime security correspondent reporting for TV and radio on issues of both domestic and international security, notably on Al Qaeda related terrorism. He was awarded an OBE in June 2005 for services to journalism and released his first book ‘Blood and Sand’ in May 2006 which reached number three in the Sunday Times Bestseller List.

Frank’s fascination with the Middle East began as a teenager when he had a chance meeting with Wilfrid Thesiger (who extensively travelled and photographed the Middle East). A fluent Arabist with a degree in Arabic and Islamic studies from Exeter University; Frank spent nine years as an investment banker in New York, London and Bahrain before switching to journalism and becoming the BBC’s Middle East correspondent based in Cairo. He has reported extensively on the so-called ‘War on Terror’ in Guantanamo Bay, Yemen, Afghanistan, Iraq and elsewhere in the Middle East. In 2004 he survived being shot six times at close range by Al Qaeda terrorists in the Riyadh suburb, Saudi Arabia. After many months in hospital he returned to the BBC to resume his job.


  • Far Horizons (2009)
  • Blood and Sand (2006)


  • 2011 – Elected President, Ski Club of GB
  • 2011 – Journalist of the Year, European Diversity Awards
  • 2011 – Master Wheelwright’s Award
  • 2010 – Winner of BBC Celebrity Mastermind Session
  • 2009 – Honorary Doctorate from East Anglia University
  • 2009 – Ability Media International Fellowship
  • 2009 – Honorary Doctorate from Open University
  • 2008 – UAE’s Zayed Medal for Journalism
  • 2007 – Honorary Doctorate from Exeter University
  • 2006 – Winner of El Mundo Prize for International Journalism
  • 2006 – Honorary Doctorates from Nottingham and Staffs Universities
  • 2005 – McWhirter Award for Bravery
  • 2005 – Voted Person of the Year by UK Press Gazette
  • 2005 – OBE from The Queen for Services to Journalism
  • 2002-2005 Twice Nominated for Royal Television Society Journalism Award


“His work always reflects the true complexities of the stories he reports.”

Presentation Languages: English, Arabic

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