Declan Hill is an investigative journalist, documentary creator and academic. He specializes in the study of organized crime and international issues. He was the first journalist to break the story of Asian match-fixing gangs linked to the multi-billion-dollar gambling markets destroying international football in his book The Fix: Soccer & Organized Crime. It has now become a best-seller in 21 languages. In 2013, he published the academic version, The Insider’s Guide to Match-Fixing, which is now available in English and Japanese.
Before publishing The Fix, Hill completed documentaries on the killing of the head of the Canadian mafia, blood feuds in Kosovo and ethnic cleansing in Iraq. He has also filed articles or made documentaries in Kurdistan, Kenya, France, Belgium, Russia, Bolivia, India, Italy, Australia, South Africa, Germany, Northern Ireland, Brazil, Mexico, Philippines, Turkey and across North America. Declan’s programs and articles have appeared around the world in media outlets including the New York Times, Toronto Star, Guardian, BBC, CNN International, CBC and PBS Frontline.
Declan has won a number of national and international awards from organizations such as Amnesty International, the Canadian Association of Journalists and Play the Game. He has also been interviewed in over 800 media outlets in more than 60 countries, including Al-Jazeera, Sky News, BBC, Le Monde, Der Spiegel, El Pais, De Morgen, Il Manifesto, Hürriyet, Le Matin and ABC (Australia). He has testified about the new wave of match-fixing linked to globalization before committees at the Council of Europe, the European Parliament in Brussels, the UK Parliament in Westminster and the International Olympic Committee.
Declan was a Chevening Scholar at Green College, University of Oxford, where he obtained his doctorate on the study of organized crime and informal governance with a particular specialty in match-fixing in professional sports. He has published numerous academic articles and book sections about sports corruption and is recognized as one of the world’s leading experts on the subject.