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About

Newsroom is an independent, New Zealand-based news and current affairs site. We deliver in-depth storytelling for thinking audiences with an interest in the people, progress, and democracy of Aotearoa. Our team of experienced, award-winning journalists produces quality written and video stories that set the national news agenda and inform intelligent conversations at every level of New Zealand life.

We operate from two locations. This public site, newsroom.co.nz, is based in Auckland. Newsroom Pro, our paid subscription service for corporations, government agencies, local councils, NGOs, and other premium clients, is based in Wellington.

The independence of our journalism is supported by our partners in the corporate and tertiary education sectors, as well as by private donations from New Zealanders. To add your support to our independent voice, make a donation using the Press Patron platform link .

Meet the founders

Mark Jennings

co-editor
Mark Jennings

Mark Jennings’ career in journalism extends back to the late 1970s and, until the founding of Newsroom, was primarily anchored in broadcast news.

After 10 years in front of the camera in Australia from 1979-89, Mark returned to New Zealand and began a 27-year career with MediaWorks. He has mentored successive generations of acclaimed and respected journalists, and was responsible for launching Newshub across TV Three and Radio Live.

Mark writes about the media industry, business, and the tertiary sector.

Tim Murphy

co-editor
Tim Murphy

Tim Murphy is the former editor-in-chief of the New Zealand Herald, and led the newspaper and its digital channels through rapid change in the first two decades of the new millennium.

An experienced journalist with a background in breaking news and political reporting, Tim served as chairman of the Media Freedom Committee for five years. He was also a member of the executive committee of the New Zealand Press Council.

For Newsroom, Tim writes about politics, Auckland issues, and education.

Editorial Staff

Bernard Hickey

Bernard Hickey

NEWSROOM PRO EDITOR WELLINGTON

Bernard Hickey is the managing editor of Newsroom Pro. He writes about economics and politics.

Melanie Reid

Melanie Reid

INVESTIGATIONS EDITOR AUCKLAND

Melanie Reid is Newsroom’s primary investigative video journalist, specialising in breaking stories and current affairs.

Troy Rawhiti-Forbes

Troy Rawhiti-Forbes

DIGITAL COMMUNITIES EDITOR AUCKLAND

Troy Rawhiti-Forbes oversees Newsroom’s social media channels, and is editor of the daily email briefing to members of the Newsroom mailing list.

For Newsroom, Troy writes about the relationships between people, technology, and new media. He also writes about games, cinema, and TV.

Alexia Russell

Alexia Russell

AM EDITOR AUCKLAND

Alexia Russell is the curator of Newsroom’s homepage in the morning, and guides the editorial team on new and ongoing story projects.

Cassandra Mason

Cassandra Mason

PM EDITOR AUCKLAND

Cassandra Mason is the curator of Newsroom’s homepage in the evening. She also writes for Newsroom on general issues.

Steve Deane

Steve Deane

SPORTS EDITOR AUCKLAND

Steve Deane produces sports investigations and analysis.

Shane Cowlishaw

Shane Cowlishaw

NATIONAL AFFAIRS EDITOR WELLINGTON

Shane Cowlishaw writes about education, justice, internal affairs, and immigration.

Eloise Gibson

Eloise Gibson

REPORTER AUCKLAND

Eloise Gibson writes about the environment, science, and medicine.

Teuila Fuatai

Teuila Fuatai

REPORTER AUCKLAND

Teuila Fuatai writes about social issues: Pasifika peoples, housing, migration, public health, and employment relations.

Morgan Tait

Morgan Tait

REPORTER AUCKLAND

Morgan Tait writes about justice and policing, and consumer rights.

James Elliott

James Elliott

LEGAL COUNSEL CONTRIBUTING WRITER AUCKLAND
Paul Enticott

Paul Enticott

VIDEO PRODUCER AUCKLAND
Lynn Grieveson

Lynn Grieveson

NEWSROOM PRO SUBEDITOR, CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHER WELLINGTON