Stuff has made a series of high-profile journalist appointments to its Auckland newsroom, tapping Alison Mau, Carol Hirschfeld, Todd Niall and Nick Truebridge – among others – to new or expanded roles.
Alison Mau is a broadcaster, journalist and writer with 35 years’ experience across television, radio and print. She is well known to Kiwis as a former host of Seven Sharp, Fair Go, One News, and RadioLive Drive.
Since early last year, Ali has been a flagship columnist for the Sunday Star-Times and, in February, she launched the #MeTooNZ project with Stuff, leading a team of journalists investigating sexual misconduct in New Zealand workplaces.
She will continue in those roles while also employing her video skills as a senior journalist with a broad, Auckland-focused brief.
Carol Hirschfeld has held numerous roles with TVNZ, TV3, Māori TV and RNZ, including reporter, director, presenter, producer and manager, working in news and current affairs for more than 30 years.
She became a household name as she anchored 3 News with John Campbell, before launching Campbell Live and later moving to Māori Television as Head of Programming, and General Manager Production.
Hirschfield (Ngati Porou) will oversee video and audio at Stuff, along with content partnerships.
“These journalists bolster our talented team and will help us better shine a light on the issues most important to Aucklanders.”
Todd Niall and Nick Truebridge
Todd Niall and Nick Truebridge are likely to make a formidable duo covering the Super City.
Niall is one of RNZ’s most celebrated and award-winning journalists. Having worked there for more than two decades, he’ll be familiar to anyone who listens to Morning Report and Checkpoint. There are few journalists, if any, who know Auckland as well as he does.
Truebridge has been with Stuff since 2014, previously based in Christchurch, keeping a watchful eye on the city council.
Brittany Keogh joins the Auckland newsroom from NZME, where she’s worked as a general reporter for the Weekend Herald and Herald on Sunday. She will focus on issues facing the city’s young people.
Jackson Thomas has been working with Stuff in Auckland communities, as well as covering league for NRL.com. He’ll now be casting a wider lens on Auckland’s favourite team; the Warriors. He will look beyond the wins and losses to get under the hood of the franchise and the lifestyles of their star players.
Blair Ensor was appointed to lead the Auckland newsroom earlier this year. With 10 years’ experience at Stuff, Blair has carved out a reputation as both a news breaker and a news leader, breaking major stories as a police reporter and investigative journalist with both The Dominion Post and The Press. Most recently, he led the Christchurch-based news team to win this year’s Newspaper of the Year (+ 30,000 circ) award.
Stuff editorial Director Mark Stevens says he is delighted to be able to add such heavyweights to the Auckland newsroom.
“Auckland is one of the world’s most culturally diverse cities and is a big growth area for Stuff,” Stevens said.
“These journalists bolster our already talented team and will help us better shine a light on the issues most important to Aucklanders.”
In Stuff’s Auckland newsroom, the new signings will work alongside award-winning journalists such as Steve Kilgallon, Dana Johannsen, Carmen Parahi, Adam Dudding, and the Stuff Circuit investigative unit of Paula Penfold, Eugene Bingham, Toby Longbottom and Phil Johnson.
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