CV

Tent City, Kathmandu, April 2015.
Tent City, Kathmandu, April 2015.

Professional Experience

Senior reporter for international, VICE News, London ▪ December 2016 — present ▪ Lead reporter for VICE News’ daily international online coverage, filing news, features and occasional video reports, with a focus on Europe and the Middle East.

News desk editor, CNN International, London ▪ September 2015 — November 2016 ▪ Writing, reporting and producing the major daily news stories in EMEA for CNN Digital.

Digital producer, CNN International, Hong Kong ▪ June 2013 — August 2015 ▪ Reporting on Asia-Pacific for CNN.com out of the Hong Kong bureau.

Freelance journalist, London, United Kingdom ▪ 2011 — May 2013 ▪ Freelance newspaper, magazine and online journalist writing for outlets including CNN International, The Independent, TIMEThe Wall Street Journal Europe, The Guardian and Monocle.

Senior writer, Sunday Star-Times, Auckland, New Zealand ▪ 2007 — 2011 ▪ Writing investigative features, news stories and magazine profiles for a national broadsheet.

Reporter, Sunday Star-Times, Auckland, New Zealand ▪ 2004 — 2006 ▪ News reporter and feature writer, covering social issues, crime, politics and the arts.

Reporter, The Press, Christchurch, New Zealand▪ 2003 — 2004 ▪ Social issues and local government reporter on a metropolitan daily newspaper.

Education

Master of Science (in Journalism), Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, New York City, United States ▪ 2006 — 2007

Graduate Diploma in Journalism (with Distinction), University of Canterbury Graduate School of Journalism, Christchurch, New Zealand ▪ 2003

Bachelor of Arts (English, political science), University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand ▪ 1998 — 2000

Awards

New York Festivals Silver World Medal 2016

Fulbright Graduate Scholarship; Fulbright Sir Wallace Rowling Memorial Award 2006

Newspaper feature writer of the year, Qantas Media Awards (New Zealand Newspaper Publishers’ Association Awards) 2006

Best crime feature, Qantas Media Awards (New Zealand Newspaper Publishers’ Association Awards) 2010

Best environment story, Qantas Media Awards (New Zealand Newspaper Publishers’ Association Awards) 2007

Best government, diplomacy and foreign affairs feature, Qantas Media Awards (New Zealand Newspaper Publishers’ Association Awards) 2006

Junior newspaper feature writer of the year, Qantas Media Awards (New Zealand Newspaper Publishers’ Association Awards) 2006

New Zealand Newspaper Publishers’ Association Awards finalist: reporter of the year 2007; feature writer of the year 2010; best investigation 2011; best general feature 2011; best crime story 2010; junior reporter of the year 2005

Rory Peck Trust Middle East Safety Training Bursary, 2012

Other experience

Asia New Zealand Foundation media travel grant to cover Indonesia, reporting from Banda Aceh on the city’s recovery five years on from the Indian Ocean tsunami ▪ Nov 2009

Intern for Chuck Hagel (then Republican Senator for Nebraska, now former U.S. Secretary of Defense), as recipient of inaugural Fulbright Sir Wallace Rowling Memorial Award. Washington D.C., United States ▪ Jul — Aug 2007

English language teacher, Tokyo, Japan ▪ 2001 — 2002

Volunteer development worker, Solomon Islands Development Trust, Honiara, Solomon Islands ▪ Feb — Oct 1997