Motez Bishara

London-based feature writer and author

Contributor to CNN International, ESPN, Al Jazeera English and The Blizzard. Sports analyst on NPR and SB Nation Radio. Visiting professor of journalism at the Gulf University of Science and Technology. 


Motez spent his formative years in New York City obsessing about the Yankees and Giants. He subsequently lived in Kuwait, Boston and New Orleans before settling in London during the heyday of Cool Britannia. Motez earned an MBA from Tulane University and was a new media / tech industry investor before turning his focus to journalism. He also holds a BA in Mathematics and Computer Science from Boston University and an MA in International Journalism from City University in London. A front-row Arsenal season ticket holder, Motez can sometimes be spotted chatting with Mesut Ozil during corners.  

In 2017 Motez was awarded the Drum Online Media Award for Best Freelance Writer; it was his second consecutive nomination in that category. In 2015 Motez was nominated for a Sports Media Pearl Award for his article "Wimbledon: Below the top 10, a life of budget dwellings and last-minute deals." Motez was also given an honorary mention by the Goalden Times for its WorldBall list of best football writing of 2017 for his piece Son of the King featured in The Blizzard.

Motez released his first book Beating the NBA: Tales From a Frugal Fan in 2013, and is currently working on his second book, Athletes Who Rock! 

Motez recently completed a visiting professorship at the Gulf University for Science and Technology, where he taught news writing in the spring semester of 2018.