Jehan Casinader is obsessed with great stories. Over the past decade, he has interviewed Kiwis from all walks of life, including politicians, convicted killers, celebrities, drug dealers, survivors of near-death experiences, and everyone in between. As a reporter for New Zealand’s top current affairs programmes, Jehan has a fresh perspective on the shape of our country: what fires us up, what makes us proud, what excites us, and what makes us unique.
In 2016, he became the youngest-ever correspondent for TVNZ’s flagship current affairs programme, SUNDAY. He has investigated the gaps in the mental health system; the plight of those who suffered abuse in state care; and the Defence Force’s handling of historic rape allegations. Previously, Jehan spent three years on Seven Sharp, where he was one of the original reporters, three years on Close Up, and two years on Breakfast.
Journalism is in Jehan’s blood. He filed his first piece for TVNZ’s Holmes at the age of 13. Throughout his teens, he wrote for student media, before freelancing for newspapers and magazines. By 20, he was travelling extensively for New Zealand media. Jehan covered child abuse in Fiji and tsunami relief in the Solomons. He interviewed red carpet stars in New York and found Kiwi success stories in Egypt.
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.
Jehan says many of the best stories he has ever discovered are the ones that never made it to air.
Listen to Newstalk ZB’s John Cowan interview Jehan: