Francis Moriarty is a freelance journalist and commentator based in Hong Kong. He contributes to The Economist on Hong Kong affairs, and is also a correspondent in Hong Kong for the Christian Science Monitor, a US-based online newspaper.
He has served as 2nd Vice-President and Correspondent Governor of the Foreign Correspondents’ Club, Hong Kong (FCC). He is the founding chairman of the FCC’s Press Freedom Committee and founding co-chairman of the Human Rights Press Awards, now in their 20th year and jointly organized by the FCC, the Hong Kong Journalists Association and Amnesty International Hong Kong <www.humanrightspressawards.org>.
Mr. Moriarty was senior political reporter at Radio Television Hong Kong (RTHK) for nearly 20 years and was responsible for coverage of Hong Kong’s government, legislature, constitutional development and elections. He frequently covered overseas events and was the station’s lead reporter covering the return of Hong Kong to Chinese sovereignty in 1997. He has covered every Hong Kong election since 1991.
In addition, he has also reported major regional and world stories, including both elections and inaugurations of President Obama; President Clinton’s trip to China; the tsunami in Aceh, Indonesia; Philippine elections (since 1986); US-led invasion of Iraq, and the 9/11 attacks on the Pentagon and the World Trade Center. Mr. Moriarty has appeared on the BBC, Al Jazeera, CNN, Chinese Radio International, National Public Radio, and numerous other television and radio stations around the world.
His print work has been extensively published in newspapers and magazines both in Hong Kong and abroad. He was a Fellow at the Journalists in Europe program at the French National Journalism Center (CFPJ) in Paris, and was honored as a Human Rights Fighter by the Human Rights Press Awards. He holds a Master’s in Journalism from the University of California at Berkeley, and a BA degree, cum laude, from Williams College, Williamstown, Massachusetts. He has been living and working in Hong Kong since 1989.