Fergus Shiel is ICIJ’s project manager and editor based in Washington, D.C.
Before joining ICIJ, Fergus was editor of The Age newspaper’s internationally-acclaimed tablet edition in Melbourne, Australia.
During more than 20 years with The Age, he was national editor, state editor and chief-of-staff at various times; he edited the National Times digital politics and opinion website; and he was tasked with overseeing the publication’s world coverage.
As a reporter with The Age, and before that one with Australian Associated Press, Fergus covered politics, industrial relations, the law, the arts and events of global significance, including the Asian tsunami from Sri Lanka and the aftermath of the Port Arthur gun massacre.
Shiel led The Age team that covered Australia’s all-time worst bushfire disaster, the Black Saturday bushfires. One hundred and seventy three people died as a result of the fires and hundreds more were injured.
On completing university at Trinity College Dublin, Fergus commenced his journalism career with several rural titles in his native Ireland before moving to Sydney, Australia, where he juggled journalism with work both as a cinema usher and a builder’s laborer.
Shiel is a fan of the Liverpool Football Club who does journalism, in that order. He was once described in a rival national media publication as ‘amiable’. This annoyed him.