Brett Forrest is a national-security reporter for The Wall Street Journal, where his investigative work focuses on the former Soviet Union. In the Russo-Ukrainian war, Brett was the first reporter to reach the town of Bucha and uncover evidence of atrocities.
He is the author of Lost Son: An American Family Trapped Inside the FBI’s Secret Wars, The Big Fix: The Hunt for the Match-Fixers Bringing Down Soccer, and Long Bomb: How the XFL Became TV’s Biggest Fiasco. Brett co-directed the ESPN true-crime documentary, Pin Kings, an Emmy nominee, and is an executive producer on Netflix’s feature adaptation of The Big Fix.
Brett was formerly a senior writer at ESPN The Magazine, where he reported on crime and corruption in global sports and where he shared a National Magazine Award. His international-affairs reporting has appeared in, among many publications, The New York Times Magazine, Vanity Fair, The Atlantic, and National Geographic. He has lived and worked in Russia, Ukraine, Brazil, and other countries.
An article of Brett's about match-fixing in international soccer inspired an episode of The Simpsons, in which Homer Simpson, as a World Cup referee, faces a moral quandary.