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.
Jehan has worked in the fast-past world of primetime TV for more than a decade. Most recently, he spent 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.
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, he was travelling the world, telling stories for New Zealand media.
Over the past decade, Jehan has specialised in reporting on social issues. 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. From gritty investigations to moving human-interest pieces and revealing celebrity profiles – Jehan has done them all. He also produced and hosted TVNZ’s first-ever mental health series, The Inside Word.
As a passionate mental health advocate, Jehan is a sought-after keynote speaker and opinion leader. 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’s first book, This Is Not How It Ends: How rewriting your story can save your life, covers his four-year struggle with depression, and how the power of storytelling helped him to survive. The book was released by HarperCollins in October 2020.
Full list of awards:
Winner, “Broadcast Reporter of the Year”, Voyager Media Awards 2020
Winner, “Best TV/Video Current Affairs – Short” (team), Voyager Media Awards 2020
Finalist, “Best Editorial Campaign” (team), Voyager Media Awards 2020
Finalist, “Reporter of the Year”, New Zealand Television Awards 2020
Winner, “Best Features – General”, Voyager Media Awards 2019
Runner-Up, “Broadcast Reporter of the Year”, Voyager Media Awards 2019
Finalist, “Best Team Video – Feature”, Voyager Media Awards 2019
Winner, “Reporter of the Year”, New Zealand Television Awards 2018
Winner, “Best News Video”, Voyager Media Awards 2017
Finalist, “Best Sports Feature (Television)”, TP McLean Sports Journalism Awards 2017
Finalist, “Best Senior Business Feature Writer”, Qantas Media Awards 2010
Finalist, “Best Junior Magazine Feature Writer”, Qantas Media Awards 2009
Winner, “Emerging Journalist Award”, NZCER Educational Media Awards 2008