E. M. Davey is a 39-year-old investigative reporter specialising in undercover and environmental journalism. When not working he enjoys travel to far-flung and occasionally dangerous spots for reporting or to research his fiction. He has worked as a journalist and author in countries such as Papua New Guinea, Sierra Leone, Ethiopia, Burundi and the Republic of Congo. African countries feature in all his novels. In 2015, whilst location-scouting forthcoming novel The Killing Gene, he drove along the porous Afghan border with Tajikistan.
During nine years with the BBC, Ed went undercover for Panorama, presented on the BBC World Service and worked on investigations for Newsnight, File on 4, and the national News at Six. At the international campaign group Global Witness, he went on to expose corruption, human rights abuses and environmental destruction in some of the world’s most beautiful but troubled countries. In 2018, he helped reveal the world’s top three commodity trading houses – Glencore, Trafigura and Vitol, with a joint turnover greater than the GDP of Austria – were embroiled in Brazil’s legendary Car Wash scandal. It was one of that year’s biggest corruption stories. In a secret filming investigation published in 2021, he and colleagues accused palm oil executives in Papua New Guinea of the alleged bribing of ministers, tax evasion, use of child labour, paying police to assault protesting villagers and destroying rainforests. Their product went to brands including Kellogg’s, Danone, Nestlé, Hersheys, Colgate, Imperial Leather and Strepsils.
He is currently Special Correspondent for Climate Accountability at the Associated Press, the world’s largest news organisation, working to hold corporations and politicians to account for their contribution to global warming. He is married and lives in Kent with a small cat.
History – particularly classical history – has been his lifelong passion.