Tommy Walker is a freelance journalist reporting across the Asia region, with a focus on Hong Kong, Myanmar and Thailand. Originally from the U.K, Tommy has been living overseas for nearly a decade. He currently lives between Bangkok and Taipei.
Over the last couple of years, Tommy has covered the Hong Kong anti-government protests and news on the national security law. As well as reporting from the frontline of dozens of street demonstrations, Tommy has interviewed now-jailed media mogul Jimmy Lai and high profile activists Joshua Wong, Agnes Chow, Tony Chung and Lee Cheuk Yan. In addition, Tommy’s photography work of protests and political figures in Hong Kong has been published by leading media outlets worldwide.
In 2021, Tommy began covering the Myanmar military coup and the subsequent Spring Revolution. Originally working on in-depth reports from Taipei, despite the pandemic, Tommy relocated to Bangkok to get closer to the action. There, he interviewed key activists and journalists, many wanted by the junta or have fled Myanmar altogether. Furthermore, Tommy has worked on stories at the Thai / Myanmar border in Mae Sot, and has come face-to-face with soldiers of a Myanmar rebel army opposing the coup. His work on Myanmar has been noticed online, prompting a large increase in his social media followers.
Press freedom has been a focus of Tommy’s work within the Asia region. He interviewed Indonesian journalist Veby Mega Indah – blinded by a rubber bullet in 2019 – during Hong Kong’s anti-government protests. Furthermore, Tommy has worked closely with Voice of America, interviewing key journalists such as Maria Ressa from the Philippines.
Before transitioning into journalism, Tommy was a freelance travel writer. His travels are wide and many, having visited six continents, including several years within the Asia region and 15 months in Latin America. Tommy has embarked on sponsored trips including North Korea, Borneo Malaysia, Singapore, Morocco, and New Zealand. His travel excursions often find Tommy exploring “off the beaten track” destinations, which have included Venezuela, Kaieteur Falls in Guyana, and Colombia’s “Lost City”, amongst others.
So far, Tommy has been based in Bangkok, Melbourne, Auckland, Mexico, Hong Kong and Taipei.
Published | Worked For | Appeared On
Voice of America (VOA), The Telegraph, The Sunday Telegraph, Byline Times, Daily Mirror, BBC (Tees), The Northern Echo, Rappler, Nikkei Asia, Coconuts Hong Kong, NewsCorp Australia, Asia Media Centre NZ, Swiss Info, Salzburger Nachrichten, EBS Korea, Hit FM (QLD).
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Independent.ie, The Guardian, New Zealand Herald, Global Asia, Asia Times, News Lens International, South Asian Monitor, WorldAkkam.
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BBC News, Voice of America (VOA), CNN, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Bloomberg, CNBC, ABC News, TIME, The Atlantic, Forbes, Business Insider, Huffington Post, WIRED, Daily Wire, Axios, The Conversation, Amnesty, RT, The Telegraph, Daily Mail UK, Daily Express UK, Liverpool Echo, Byline Times, The Independent, The Tablet, Yahoo!, Deutsche Welle (DW), Rappler, Nikkei Asia, Asia Times, Le Point FR, TRT World, Malta Times, National Herald India, The Straits Times, 7News.
Travel Articles & Reports
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BBC World Service, BBC Tees, South China Morning Post, The Bangkok Post, Rappler, Manila Times, News Corp Australia, HIT Radio, Stuff NZ, New Zealand Herald, Business Insider, INC. Magazine, Forbes, Buzzfeed, Matador Network, Travel & Leisure, Conde Naste Traveler, The Travel Magazine, View Magazine, Smile Magazine (Cebu Pacific Air), AWOL (Junkee), Travel Pocket Guide, Guyana Chronicle, Samui Times, The Northern Echo, Daily Express UK, Teesside Gazette.