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Ian Sinclair

Published: 5:15PM Monday December 06, 2004

  • Ian Sinclair
    Ian Sinclair

Ian Sinclair has spent three decades reporting on newspapers, radio and television.

He joined the Sunday team in 2006, after working on Close up and Holmes.

Ian says TVNZ has given him a ringside seat on the world. Since he joined in 1986, he's worked on assignment in every continent except Antarctica,

In the process he's discovered being a kiwi often pays off, even in the strangest of places. During the last Afghan war he found himself in neighbouring Tajikistan, applying for an Afghan visa.

"New Zealander!" exclaimed the delighted Afghan official. "We don't see many of them.  You can stay for six months!"

Later, as he was waiting for a raft ride across the border into Northern Afghanistan, the surprised Tajik guards even reduced the obligatory bribe to half price .

Ian fell in love with journalism after he started writing music reviews for Craccum, the Auckland University student paper. He then embarked on his OE - which included learning the flamenco guitar in Spain. When he returned, he worked in newspapers and radio for nine years before joining TVNZ.

Ian has a BA in History from Auckland University. His awards have included Overall Best Broadcast Journalist for coverage of the Kosovo War.

Last year he won a Qantas Award for his investigation into Taito Phillip Field.

Off screen, Ian is married with two sons and lives in Auckland. He is a keen musician and appreciates the beauty of New Zealand after living away from the country for three years as Europe Correspondent for TVNZ.

 

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