Jehan Casinader is obsessed with great Kiwi stories.
In 2020, he was named Broadcast Reporter of the Year at the Voyager Media Awards for his extensive coverage of the Christchurch terror attack. In 2018, he was named Reporter of the Year at the New Zealand Television Awards. He has worked in the fast-paced world of primetime TV for more than a decade, most recently spending four years as the youngest-ever correspondent for TVNZ’s flagship current affairs programme, Sunday. Previously, he reported for Seven Sharp, Close Up and Breakfast.
Jehan filed his first story for TVNZ’s Holmes programme at just 13 years old and freelanced for newspapers and magazines. By 20, he was travelling the world and telling stories for New Zealand media, specialised in reporting on social issues in the last decade. He covered the Pike River re-entry, the under-reporting of sexual trauma in men, New Zealand’s plastic crisis, the ethics of killing zoo animals, and a doping scandal in amateur sport. He has interviewed Kiwis from all walks of life, including politicians, convicted killers, the leaders of Gloriavale, gold medal-winning athletes, and everyone in between.
Jehan's first book This Is Not How It Ends: How Rewriting Your Story Can Save Your Life was released last week and covers his four-year struggle with depression, and how the power of storytelling helped him to survive.