David Loyn (born 1 March 1954) has been a foreign correspondent since the late 1970s, mostly with the BBC. He is an authority on Afghan history.
Loyn was educated at Oundle School, a boarding independent school in the historic market town of Oundle on the River Nene in Northamptonshire, in the East Midlands region of England, where he boarded at Bramston House, followed by Christ Church at the University of Oxford.
Loyn worked as a radio correspondent for IRN for eight years, and in 1987 he joined the BBC as a TV correspondent. He was the BBC‘s International Development correspondent, a post he vacated at the end of July, 2015.
Loyn has frequently sought to report on the motivation of insurgent groups, including interviews with Hamas and Hezbollah leaders in Lebanon, Maoist Naxalite rebels in India, Kashmiri separatists, and the Kosovo Liberation Army. He has conducted several significant exclusive interviews with the Taliban in Afghanistan.
In 1996 Loyn and his team (Rahimullah Yusufzai, Fred Scott and Vladimir Lozinski) were the only journalists with the Taliban when they took Kabul.
In 1998 (with Vaughan Smith), he secured exclusive access to the Kosovo Liberation Army to report from behind their lines in a series of reports that won the Foreign News Award from the Royal Television Society, the first of two awards won by Loyn that year; he was also made the RTS Journalist of the Year.
As International Development Correspondent, Loyn reported frequently from conflict and disaster zones, particularly in Africa.
In 2006 Loyn travelled to Helmand province to interview the Taliban for a series of exclusive reports.