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 here.

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.

Cassandra Mason

Cassandra Mason

HOMEPAGE EDITOR
AUCKLAND

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

Suzanne McFadden

Suzanne McFadden

EDITOR, LOCKERROOM
AUCKLAND

Suzanne McFadden is the editor of LockerRoom, dedicated to women in sport. She also writes on the America’s Cup and is based in Auckland.

Steve Deane

Steve Deane

SPORTS EDITOR
AUCKLAND

Steve Deane produces sports investigations and analysis.

Sasha Borissenko

Sasha Borissenko

NEWS AND ENGAGEMENT EDITOR
AUCKLAND

Sasha Borissenko is Newsroom’s news and engagement editor. She also writes for Newsroom on general issues.

Nikki Mandow

Nikki Mandow

BUSINESS EDITOR
AUCKLAND

Nikki Mandow is Newsroom's business editor.

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.

Thomas Coughlan

Thomas Coughlan

POLITICAL REPORTER
WELLINGTON

Thomas Coughlan is a Newsroom reporter who covers policy and economics.

Farah Hancock

Farah Hancock

REPORTER
AUCKLAND

Farah Hancock is a Newsroom reporter who covers education, conservation and technology.

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
Sam Sachdeva

Sam Sachdeva

POLITICAL EDITOR
WELLINGTON

Sam Sachdeva writes about diplomatic matters and trade policy.

David Williams

David Williams

SOUTH ISLAND CORRESPONDENT
CHRISTCHURCH

David Williams is an investigative reporter and Newsroom’s South Island correspondent, based in Christchurch.

Richard MacManus

Richard MacManus

CHIEF PRODUCT OFFICER
WELLINGTON

Richard MacManus is Newsroom’s Chief Product Officer. He also writes for Newsroom about technology.

Laura Walters

Laura Walters

SENIOR POLITICAL REPORTER
WELLINGTON

Laura Walters writes about education, justice, and immigration.