Tommy Walker is an award-winning journalist reporting across the Asia region, with a focus on Hong Kong, Myanmar, Thailand and Taiwan.  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 partly relocated to Taipei, Taiwan, a city that has a rapidly growing status as a media hotspot in Asia. Tommy has been keeping an eye on developments in the Cross-Strait relations between Beijing and Taipei, as tensions have recently been described as the “worst in 40 years”.

But amid Myanmar’s military coup, despite the pandemic, Tommy relocated to Bangkok to get closer to the action and cover what is now called the uprising Spring Revolution. He has interviewed key politicians, activists and journalists, many wanted by the junta or have fled Myanmar altogether. Tommy has worked on video reports at the Thai / Myanmar border in Mae Sot, and has come face-to-face with soldiers of a Myanmar rebel army.

While in Bangkok, Tommy has taken an interest in reporting on Thailand’s continuing anti-government youth movement that began in 2020. He has attended several heated clashes between demonstrators and police in the city’s Din Daeng suburb.

Press freedom has been a focus of Tommy’s work within the Asia region.  For The Telegraph, he interviewed Indonesian journalist Veby Mega Indah – blinded by a rubber bullet in 2019 – during Hong Kong’s anti-government protests.

Tommy has also worked closely with Voice of America, reporting about press freedom in Myanmar, Hong Kong and Thailand, while has interviewed 2021’s Nobel Peace Prize Winner Maria Ressa from the Philippines.

In November 2021, Tommy was a part of the VOA Press Freedom team that won the inaugural Media Freedom Award at the Association for International Broadcaster (AIB) awards.

 

Before transitioning into journalism, Tommy was a 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 several sponsored trips to destinations including North KoreaBorneo 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.

 

Reporting:

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).

Republished | Cited In

Independent.ie, The Guardian, New Zealand Herald, Global Asia, Asia Times, News Lens International, South Asian Monitor, WorldAkkam.

 

Photography / Video:

Published | Worked For | Via Agency

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

Published | Photography | Featured | Appeared On | Cited

BBC World Service, BBC Tees, South China Morning Post, The Bangkok Post, Rappler, Manila Times, NewsCorp 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.