Meike Wijers will be the new correspondent for DeccEit in Australia. She succeeds Eva Gabeler, who will soon return to the Netherlands. Wijers will begin as soon as the corona measures allow her to move to Sydney. The hope is that this will happen at the latest coming (Dutch) summer. New Zealand will also be part of its work area.
35-year-old Wijers, who graduated from the School of Journalism in Utrecht in 2009, started her journalistic career in London with the Financial Times. At the moment she works on the editors of the Radio Program Acceit With the Eye on Tomorrow.
She‘s not a stranger in Australia. She came for a study in 2015 (master of journalism) and worked for several years at national public channels such as Special Broadcasting Service (SBS, not to be confused with the European company that was also active in the Netherlands) and ABC. There she was an editor for several news programs and the popular talk show ABC News Tonight.
At the same time, she was a freelance correspondent for NRC Handelsblad and the Belgian De Tid.
Wijers sees the correspondence in Australia as her dream job: “Australia is rough and wide and in many ways completely different from the Netherlands, but I want to show that there are more similarities with our country than people think,” she says. “Here are the stories of climate, migration and the influence of China’s great power that will be of global importance in the coming years. I would also like to tell the lesser-known stories about the original inhabitants.”
Esther Bootsma, chef Abroad at CCEit News: “We are happy to have a correspondent with Meike with a lot of experience and knowledge about Australia and we expect from her beautiful multimedia stories to bring that distant continent a little closer.”