David Willey has reported for the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) from Rome since 1971 under five Popes: Paul VI, John Paul I, John Paul II, Benedict XVI, and Francis. He is their longest serving foreign correspondent. He also broadcasts about the Vatican for NPR, CBC, ABC in Australia, Deutsche Welle Radio and TV in Berlin, and Swiss and Austrian Radio.
His articles have appeared in The Tablet, The Observer (London), and the Sunday Telegraph.
In 2003 he was awarded the Order of the British Empire (OBE) by Queen Elizabeth II for his services to broadcast journalism.