Peter Geoghegan is an Irish writer, broadcaster and editor-in-chief at the award-winning news website openDemocracy. He led openDemocracy‘s investigations into dark money in British politics that were nominated for a 2019 and 2020 British Journalism award and the Paul Foot award in 2019 and 2021. He became editor-in-chief and CEO at openDemocracy in September 2021. 

His journalism has appeared in numerous national and international titles including New York Times, the Guardian, the London Review of Books, the Irish Times, the Scotsman and many other publications. He has made documentaries for BBC Radio Four, worked on investigative TV programmes for Channel 4 and regularly appears on British and international broadcast outlets. 

He has reported from a range of countries including Albania, Kosovo, Bosnia, Mongolia, China, Argentina, Lesotho, Egypt, Namibia, Zambia and Iceland. He has written extensively on Northern Ireland and the independence debate in Scotland and elsewhere in Europe.

His most recent book, Democracy for Sale: Dark Money and Dirty Politicswas published in August 2020 by Head of Zeus. His previous book, The People’s Referendum: Why Scotland Will Never Be the Same Again, was nominated for the Saltire First Book Award. He is co-founder and current chair of Scottish investigative website the Ferret and edits Political Insight magazine. He has lectured in journalism and frequently provides training and workshops.

Peter plays cricket – badly – and lives in Glasgow and London.

Geoghegan pulls off the ultimate goal of investigative writing. He not only exposes scandals – he enables us to witness the system that generates the wrongdoing and permits it. He does so by linking what once seemed isolated outrages into a compelling and very readable story of the ongoing corruption of our government and therefore ourselves.
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