Evan Williams

Evan Williams has been a print, radio and television journalist for 30 years, most recently specializing in international TV current affairs programs, documentaries and investigations usually in hostile environments.

Now working through his own London-based company, Evan Williams Productions, his team won a 2015 Emmy Television Award in the U.S. for "Outstanding Investigative Journalism in a News Magazine" for the FRONTLINE film Hunting Boko Haram -- an investigation into the Nigerian military's use of indiscriminate violence and systematic human rights abuses against innocent civilians in its campaign against the Islamist terror group Boko Haram.

The 48-minute UK version titled Nigeria's Hidden War, broadcast by the original commissioner Channel 4 TV, won the Broadcast Award for Best News and Current Affairs program, 2014, and was runner-up in the UK's Foreign Press Awards.

Evan Williams Productions recently won human rights and New York TV Festival Awards for two half hour investigations made for Al Jazeera's "101 East" program. One was on the abuse of blasphemy laws in Pakistan, the other on continuing security service persecution of ethnic Tamils and opposition political figures in northern Sri Lanka.

Evan has worked extensively as a Reporter/Producer for Channel 4's award-winning international current affairs strand "Unreported World", covering stories in Iraq, Zimbabwe, Indonesia, Central Asia, Egypt, Jamaica, Pakistan, Burma, India and many others.

Evan's company provides documentaries and current affairs films for Channel 4 in the UK, FRONTLINE in the US and as a VJ for SBS TV Australia's Dateline.

In 2006, Evan spent six weeks inside Burma's jungles with guerrillas from the ethnic Karen National Union as they took emergency supplies deep inside the country to villages that had been attacked and burned out by Burma's army.

He then spent several weeks in the main part of the country travelling undercover to meet underground dissidents and speak directly those who were struggling against military dictatorship including some who had just been released from prison. That material was shown as a 45-minute documentary on Channel 4 in Britain and on PBS in the United States as Burma's Hidden War.

Before that he was one of two senior staff reporters with the Australian ABC's flagship international current affairs program foreign correspondent, reporting in 25 to 45 minute stories from around the globe.

Some of the stories he covered during that period include: Saudi Arabia's Terror Funding Trail; Inside Islamic Jihad in South East Asia; British-occupied Basra through the British Army and local Shi'ite communities; Vietnam's Democratic Underground; Illegal Logging in Papua New Guinea; Libya's Coming in from the Cold; Angola's Diamond Wars; Torture and Renditions in Uzbekistan; Pakistan's Sectarian Conflicts; Burma's Drug Running Regime; Islamic Secession in Thailand's South; Mindanao's Moslem Insurgency; Bosnia's Rape Babies; Bosnia's Free War Criminals; Cambodia's Murderous Dictator; Catholic Sex Cover-up in Boston; The New War Against America; Malaysia's Political Assassination of Anwar Ibrahim; Indonesia's Military; Massacres in West Papua; Civil War in the Solomon Islands; Fiji's Coup.

Between 1992 and 1997 he was the Australian ABC's Bangkok-based South-East Asia correspondent covering more than 10 countries through the region for Radio and Television News and Current Affairs.

In that time he covered civil war in Burma; the UN's deployment to Cambodia; the release of Aung San Suu Kyi in Burma; the fall of Suharto in Indonesia, coups in Cambodia; the Moslem insurgency in the Philippines among daily news from the region.

Evan has been a finalist for several Australian Walkley Awards, won commendations for TV interviewing and won several New York Festival TV Awards.

Evan started his career as a cadet reporter on the Hobart Mercury Daily Newspaper in Tasmania, Australia in 1980 where he worked until 1983 before moving to Far North Queensland to help start a new regional newspaper and then for a year at The West Australian as a copy editor.

Evan spent a year travelling from Hong Kong to London, then two years working as a freelance journalist and sub-editor in London before returning to Australia and getting freelance work with ABC Radio in Hobart before moving to Sydney and joining ABC Radio full time. Within about 18 months he was posted to Bangkok as the ABC's South East Asia correspondent first for radio and then building it in a TV and Radio bureau.

Pandora Papers
Pandora Papers
With ICIJ, FRONTLINE examines secret finance overseas and in the U.S.
November 9, 2021
Germany’s Neo-Nazis & the Far Right
FRONTLINE investigates the rise of far-right extremism and violence in Germany.
June 29, 2021
Escaping Eritrea
Escaping Eritrea
An unprecedented undercover investigation into one of the world’s most repressive regimes — Eritrea.
May 4, 2021
Angolan Government, Companies and dos Santos Respond to The Luanda Leaks
What's happened so far since the first Luanda Leaks revelations.
January 21, 2020
Isabel dos Santos Luanda Leaks
The Luanda Leaks
As part of a worldwide investigation with the ICIJ, FRONTLINE examines how Angolan billionaire Isabel dos Santos became Africa’s richest woman.
January 21, 2020
rohingya huts on fire
Myanmar's Killing Fields
Secret footage going back years shows the effort to kill and expel Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar.
May 8, 2018
Children of ISIS
Children of ISIS
Tens of thousands of children currently live in ISIS-controlled parts of Iraq and Syria, and the group is actively recruiting some of them to be its next generation of fighters.
November 23, 2015
Escaping ISIS
Using undercover footage, FRONTLINE presents the gripping, first-hand accounts of women who escaped the brutal reign of ISIS -- and follows an underground network that's helping them escape.
July 14, 2015
Hunting Boko Haram
FRONTLINE investigates evidence that in the fight against Boko Haram, members of the Nigerian military and state-sponsored militias have been committing atrocities against civilians.
September 9, 2014