Broadcaster and Historian
John Bowman is a broadcaster and historian. He has presented current affairs, historical and election-results programmes on RTE radio and television since the 1960s including Today Tonight in the 1980s and Questions and Answers from 1988 to 2009 when he began researching his history of RTE. He has since published Window and Mirror: RTE Television, 1961-2011, the first comprehensive history of Irish television. His PhD, De Valera and the Ulster Question: 1917–1973, was published by Oxford University Press and won the Ewart-Biggs Prize for its contribution to North-South understanding. He was elected an Honorary Fellow of Trinity College Dublin in 2009 and awarded an Honorary Doctorate by UCD in 2010. His latest book is Ireland: the Autobiography published by Penguin.