William Lee Adams is a broadcaster at the BBC World Service. He currently reads news bulletins for BBC Minute, a global news bulletin distributed every half hour and 24/7 in 30 markets from Lagos to Hong Kong. He also presents radio documentaries, including the recent “The Arts Hour Backstage at the Eurovision Song Contest” and “My Madonna”. He frequently discusses the intersection of pop music and politics and has appeared on the BBC News Channel, BBC OS, Front Row, Radio 5 Live Up All Night, BBC World TV and other outlets.
His writing has appeared in publications including Newsweek, Time, InStyle, the Financial Times, CNN.com, Billboard, Bloomberg, MailOnline, The New Scientist, Slate, Monocle, The Atlantic, Attitude, Spear’s Wealth Management, Condé Nast Traveler, British GQ, Psychology Today, Fast Company, Departures and the Sydney Morning Herald, among others. Building on more than ten years of reporting in the United States, Europe and Southeast Asia, he has also worked with leading international sports, fashion and real estate brands to develop and execute digital storytelling strategies.
Launched in May 2009, wiwibloggs, his popular blog on the Eurovision Song Contest, quickly shot to #26 on WordPress.com’s Top Blogs index, outperforming blogs from CNN and other leading news outlets. It is now the world’s most-read independent web site devoted to Eurovision, and has a staff of more than 40 correspondents in countries including Belgium, Iran, Ireland, Hungary, Romania, the United States and the United Kingdom. It won Arts & Culture Blog of the Year at the 2015 National UK Blog Awards.
In 2013, William collaborated with Lord Browne, the former chief executive of BP, on The Glass Closet: Why Coming Out is Good Business. The critically acclaimed book, which was longlisted for the FT Business Book of the Year, analyzes why LGBT men and women still feel compelled to hide their sexual orientation at work.
From 2007 until 2012, he was a correspondent at the London bureau of Time. He reported from Roma slums in Bucharest, maximum security prisons in Norway, the world’s largest song contest for children in Belarus and the 2012 London Olympics. He was also a lead correspondent during Britain’s 2011 royal wedding, writing more than 60 articles on everything from the engagement announcement to security threats to Kate’s walk down the aisle, and co-authored the book, The Royal Family: The House of Windsor, Past, Present, and Future. Reporting assignments have also taken him to Amman, Amsterdam, Baku, Belfast, Düsseldorf, Geneva, Kiev, Milan, Oslo, Paris, Prague, Reykjavik, and Stockholm, among other places.
In 2006, he worked as an editor at the state-run Viet Nam News in Hanoi, and later as a travel journalist based in Ho Chi Minh City. He is also the co-author of two travel guides: Let’s Go: Southeast Asia 2003 and Let’s Go: Paris 2004.
William holds an M.A. in Southeast Asian Studies and Vietnamese from the School of Oriental and African Studies in London, and a B.A. in Psychology from Harvard. His undergraduate thesis “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell: Nonverbal Cues to Sexual Orientation” drew international headlines and was featured in publications including the New York Times, Psychology Today, and the Advocate. William was also a guest on radio programs throughout the United States and Europe.
Half-Vietnamese and half-American, William grew up in Fayetteville, Georgia.