Robert Carmichael

Correspondent  ·  Editor  ·  Author



I was born in Cape Town in 1969 and grew up in South Africa. Simply enough, home is Cape Town, but home from home was - for ten years - Phnom Penh, Cambodia. I left for Hungary in July 2017.

I first lived in Cambodia from 2001-2003 when I was the managing editor of the Phnom Penh Post newspaper. I returned to Cambodia in early 2009 to cover the trial of Comrade Duch, who features prominently in my book.

Between mid-2009 and mid-2013 I was the country correspondent for the German Press Agency dpa.

Since 2009 I have also had numerous radio, print and TV news and feature pieces on Radio Australia, Voice of America, Deutsche Welle and the BBC, and stories to CNN, Foreign Policy, Time, the International Bar Association’s magazine, and The Independent newspaper.

I spent most of 2012 on sabbatical from journalism writing When Clouds Fell From the Sky, which was published in April 2015. I returned to journalism in January 2013.

I currently work as a consultant editor for New Narrative, a Hong Kong-based consultancy that provides original content for corporate and professional institutions.

I am available for commissioned work, and I also write and edit reports for NGOs and institutions.

If you are interested in more information then please email


Phnom Penh. March 2014.

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