Ian Stafford is at the forefront of the British media and sporting scene, covering every global sporting event since 1988 and interviewing most of the world's top sports stars, for publications including The Times, The Independent, The Mail on Sunday, Sports Illustrated, Newsweek and more.
He penned the popular "The Player" series of participatory features for Esquire including a Chef for Gordon Ramsay, an Edinburgh Festival Stand Up Comedian, a Shaolin Monk, a Polar Explorer with David Hempleman-Adams, a DJ with Virgin Radio and more.
He has won Sports Interviewer, Sports Magazine Writer and Sports Reporter of the Year among nine national awards.
Stafford has 16 published books varying from official diaries like England Rugby 2003 World Cup Winners and 2005 Ashes Series to the official Formula One Opus.
His best-known books cover playing with the greatest global stars. "Playgrounds of the Gods" became an international best-seller and its three sequels, "In Your Dreams," "In Search of the Tiger" and "Who Do You Think You Are....Michael Schumacher?" followed suit.
Stafford has many broadcasting credits including BBC TV Sport's Grandstand and Sportsnight, Going Live, the Big Breakfast, Newsround, Sky News, CNN, Al Jazeera, Channel 4, Channel 5 News. He has written and narrated three sports documentaries for BBC Radio 4, featured regularly on BBC Radio Five Live, and his own interview show on Talksport, "Talking 2," and presented "Press Pass" throughout 2019.
Stafford is a sought-after event host and live interviewer of stars. Recent clients include Balfour Beatty, Saga, Canary Wharf Group and M Restaurants. Events include conferences with Sir Clive Woodward and Judy Murray, an evening with Sir Bradley Wiggins. In 2020 he hosted podcasts and streamed TV shows with celebrities for Saga.
In 2017 he launched The Sporting Club, a networking club with permanent venues in London, Manchester and Leeds staging events featuring sporting A-listers.