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Belinda Hawkins at Sofia Central Prison

Belinda Hawkins at Sofia Central Prison

Belinda Hawkins

Belinda Hawkins has reported on national and international events for ABC TV and SBS TV for almost 30 years, filing from countries as diverse as Nigeria, Eritrea, Cuba, Germany and Russia.

For the past thirteen years she has been a senior journalist with ABC TV’s Australian Story program.

Her documentary work has been recognised with a raft of awards.

Among them are two Walkleys, eight Quills, including the Gold Quill, four New York Festival Medals, two Victorian Legal Reporting awards and four United Nations Media Peace Awards.

Belinda has a Master of Arts in English Literature from the University of Melbourne. She started her working life as high school teacher in country Victoria.

 

Belinda and Jock in his cell

Belinda and Jock in his cell

Boryana Dzhambazova

Boryana Dzhambazova began working with Belinda Hawkins in 2010 as research assistant and translator.

Since starting her career in journalism in 2005, Dzhambazova has written for both Bulgarian and foreign publications, including The New York Times, The International Herald Tribune, Business Week, and Global Post. She has covered a wide range of topics,  from economic and political developments to social affairs and human rights issues. After graduating with a Bachelor degree in Journalism from Sofia University, she attended Kent State University in the United States on a scholarship from the Voice of America  (2007). Since then she has completed a Masters in Journalism at New York University as a Fulbright scholar (2014).

Boryana Dzhambazova and Belinda Hawkins

Boryana Dzhambazova and Belinda Hawkins