Latika Bourke

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Latika Bourke
Born (1984-03-09) 9 March 1984 (age 34)
Bihar, India
Occupation Journalist, author
Nationality Australian
Alma mater Charles Sturt University
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Latika Bourke (born 9 March 1984) is an Australian author and journalist. She writes for The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age, and in the past has worked for the #theirabc and 2UE. Her book From India with Love was published in 2015.

Life and career

Latika Bourke was born in Bihar, India on 9 March 1984. The daughter of a 14-year-old mother, Bourke was left at a Catholic orphanage in Bettiah in the care of nuns when she was less than a week old.[1]

Bourke came to Australia in December 1984, adopted by Penny and John Bourke at the age of eight months. In her early childhood, Bourke lived with her family on a farm outside of Bathurst, New South Wales. Bourke and her family moved into the Bathurst township when she was seven years old.[2]

From 2002 to 2005, Bourke studied journalism at Charles Sturt University. During that time she did work experience at radio station 2BS in Bathurst, writing, producing and reading local news, and hosting programs. Before her official graduation in 2006, Bourke was recruited by Sydney radio station 2UE to work as a reporter.[3]

In 2007, while on the job as a reporter for 2UE, Bourke was abused and told to "cover up" whilst waiting to interview a Muslim cleric. She was outside Lakemba mosque, wearing a long trench coat, knee-high boots and gloves.[4]

In June 2010, Bourke won the Walkley Award for Young Australian Journalist of the Year, having entered three stories: one on Joe Hockey's leadership aspirations in the Liberal party while in opposition, a second on Nick Minchin's campaign against an emissions trading scheme and a third on Tony Abbott's challenge of Malcolm Turnbull to become leader of the opposition.[5] Her award was presented just weeks after she was the centre of debate—when Bourke asked then Prime Minister Kevin Rudd about leadership issues in the Labor Party. Rudd had avoided the question and commented instead on Bourke's clothing; she was dressed in a white shirt with a grey tie and fedora hat.[6]

In December 2010, the Australian Broadcasting Commission announced Bourke would be the its first 'social media reporter' tasked with reporting primarily via social media.[7] In 2014, Bourke announced she would be leaving the Australian Broadcasting Commission for Fairfax Media, but staying in the Canberra Press Gallery.[8]

Bourke's book, From India with Love, about her journey of self-discovery, was published in 2015. She has said that she gives half of the royalties she earns from sales of her book to orphanages in India.[2]

In December 2015, Bourke announced she would be leaving the Canberra Press Gallery and moving to London at the end of January 2016.[9]

References

  1. ^ O'Neill, Helen (19 April 2015). "Latika Bourke's Indian story". Fairfax Media. Archived from the original on 1 April 2016.
  2. ^ a b Field, Melissa (19 November 2008). "We Are Family". Archived from the original on 1 April 2016.
  3. ^ "Journalism a calling, says award winner". Charles Sturt University. 2011. Archived from the original on 1 April 2016.
  4. ^ "2UE reporter hassled for wearing wrong clothes at Mosque". Radioinfo. 21 May 2007. Archived from the original on 1 April 2016.
  5. ^ Overington, Caroline (5 July 2010). "Ten Questions: Latika M. Bourke". The Australian. News Corp Australia. Retrieved 1 April 2016.
  6. ^ Shears, Richard (16 June 2010). "Australian PM Kevin Rudd in sexism row after critiquing journalist's dress sense". Daily Mail. Associated Newspapers Ltd. Archived from the original on 13 July 2015.
  7. ^ "Latika Bourke is ABC's first social media reporter". mUmBRELLA. 13 December 2010. Archived from the original on 24 November 2012.
  8. ^ "Tips and rumours". Crikey. 1 July 2014. Archived from the original on 16 May 2015.
  9. ^ Healey, Briana (4 December 2015). "Latika Bourke announces departure from Canberra Press Gallery". Archived from the original on 1 April 2016.
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