Dr Eamonn O’Neill is Associate Professor in Journalism at Edinburgh Napier University and an international award winning investigative journalist. He took his undergraduate & postgraduate degrees at University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, where he was a Lecturer in Journalism & Prog. Director of MSc in Investigative Journalism 2002-16. In 2020, Eamonn O’Neill was awarded a JFK Library and Foundation Hemingway research Grant to conduct archival research in Boston examining the Hemingway collection for a new book he is writing on the author’s controversial time in London and Europe pre-and-post D Day.
In the media, Eamonn has researched, produced, directed & presented investigative productions for STV, Channel 4, BBC, Discovery, National Geographic, and The Crime & Investigation Network.His focus has mainly centred on crime, intelligence, terrorism & miscarriage of justice cases. His work on the latter category includes 13 years he spent investigating the Robert Brown case which ended with a 25-yr wrongful murder conviction being overturned by Court of Appeal, London, in November 2002.
Eamonn O’Neill’s journalism has been honoured in national & international awards including: The Paul Foot Award; The British Press Awards; the Scottish BT Media Awards; and The British Film & Television Academy (BAFTA Scotland), and the American IRE (Investigative Reporters and Editors) Awards Tom Renner Award –Special Category. He has also been honoured in various categories in the annual Teaching Excellence Awards, following nominations by his students in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2019.
Eamonn also founded Scotland’s first Innocence Project at University of Strathclyde in 2007-8 & Chaired national INUK conferences. The Strathclyde Law Clinic currently carries on the work established by Eamonn in its Criminal Convictions Unit.
In July 2012, Eamonn joined the Council of JUSTICE Scotland. In April 2013 he also gave expert evidence to the Scottish Parliament and The House of Lords on Investigative Journalism. He has chaired international conferences regularly for the International Network of Street Papers (INSP) which publishes the UK's 'Big Issue'. Eamonn has also investigated & presented programmes for BBC Radio Scotland and also presented a landmark 1hr BBC Radio 4 production ' Heroes and Hacks' on Watergate's 40th anniversary.Eamonn regularly reviews the media on the Talk Media show on Scotland’s largest podcast network The Big Light.