Jehan Casinader is obsessed with great Kiwi stories. In 2018, he was named Reporter of the Year at the New Zealand Television Awards, for his in-depth work on TVNZ’s Sunday programme. He also led a team that won a Voyager Media Award for their news coverage of the Edgecumbe flooding disaster.
Journalism is in Jehan’s blood. He filed his first story for TVNZ’s Holmes programme at just 13 years old. Throughout his teens, he freelanced for newspapers and magazines. By 20, Jehan was travelling the world, telling stories for New Zealand media.
Jehan has worked in the fast-past world of primetime TV for a decade, including long stints on Close Up and Seven Sharp. In 2016, he became the youngest-ever correspondent for TVNZ’s flagship current affairs programme, Sunday – a job he holds today.
Specialising in reporting on social issues, Jehan tackles the issues that others shy away from. In recent months, he has reported on 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, porn stars, the leaders of Gloriavale, and everyone in between. From gritty investigations to moving human-interest pieces and revealing celebrity profiles – Jehan has done them all.
Jehan produced and hosted TVNZ’s first mental health series, The Inside Word. A fresh voice on social issues, education, culture and innovation, Jehan is a sought-after speaker and MC. He has a unique insight into the shape of our country: what fires us up, what makes us proud, what excites us, and what makes us unique.
Jehan has a Bachelor of Arts (majoring in Public Policy and International Relations) from Victoria University. He’s a true Wellingtonian at heart, but is now based in Auckland.
Read The New Zealand Herald’s ’12 Questions’ with Jehan here.
Listen to Newstalk ZB’s John Cowan interview Jehan below: