McDermott has 15 years experience reporting from around Latin America. He is a former British Army officer, who saw active service in Northern Ireland and Bosnia. Upon retiring from the military he became a war correspondent, covering the Balkans, based in Bosnia, then moving to Beirut to work throughout the Middle East, before finally settling in Colombia from where he travels extensively through Latin America. He previously worked as the BBCâ€™s Colombia Correspondent, Latin America Correspondent for the Daily Telegraph and Janeâ€™s Intelligence Review, specializing in drug trafficking, organized crime and the Colombian civil conflict. He has an MA from the University of Edinburgh.