Leo Horgan

Leo Horgan - Online Editor NCA 

Hailing from Te Whanganui-a-Tara, and coming from a large family of Irish and English descent, I have been a proud member of the Te Ao Māori newsroom for the past three years.

 I received a Bachelor’s Degree in History and Philosophy from Victoria University of Wellington and the University of Auckland before joining Māori Television in 2011 as a News Librarian.

After receiving a Graduate Diploma in Politics and Master’s Degree in International Relations and Human Rights I accepted a newsroom role as an online video journalist, working on Rereātea and assisting with Te Kāea, Kawe Kōrero and Native Affairs content as part of the digital team.

My subjects of interest include international politics, digital innovation, global indigenous movements, refugee rights, arts, science and history.

Major milestones at Māori Television include covering the Māori electorate debates during the 2017 elections (Te Kāea), research assisting on the first international journalistic visit to West Papua in 50 years (Native Affairs) and facilitating an interview with African-American astrophysicist Neil Degrasse Tyson (Kawe Kōrero). 

Outside of mahi I am a musician, writing and performing for over a decade, sharing the stage with the Wailers, UB40, Third World, the Skatalites and many of Aotearoa’s diverse musicians.  I am currently a member of bilingual electronic group SoccerPractise.

In my current role as Online Editor I write, research and liaise with journalists, helping to produce stories and online content for the ever-growing Te Ao Māori News audience. 

Every day in Te Ao Māori is different and I enjoy being part of a dynamic team of Māori journalists with an energy and perspective which is unique in New Zealand media.