Ms Louise Byrne
Assistant Professor of International Journalism
Louise Byrne has worked as a journalist in radio, television and print media for three decades, specialising in foreign affairs. During that time she has lived and worked in four continents, spending six years in Latin America where she was a foreign correspondent on retainer to The Observer newspaper in London.
She has worked on award-winning radio and television documentaries, and was Runner up in the ‘The Catherine Pakenham Award for Young Women Journalists’ in 1986 with an article on Sri Lanka’s ethnic conflict.
Some of her most memorable assignments for print and television have been travelling clandestinely into Burma to interview Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, numerous visits to the Brazilian Amazon region to cover environmental issues, and reporting on aboriginal land rights protests in northern Australia. Her favourite radio work has involved interviewing some of the founders of the European Union, and others who helped lead the Republicans during the Spanish Civil War.
She has covered news and current affairs in democracies, emerging democracies and dictatorships, and has also worked on some of the UK’s top television investigative programmes. Media outlets she has worked for include: BBC Television and Radio, Channel 4, ABC Australia, Newsweek, The Irish Times, and The International Herald Tribune.
She has an MA in Mass Communications from the University of Leicester, and a BA in Social Anthropology from the London School of Economics and Political Science where she won a prize for her dissertation. She has been teaching journalism for the last 6 years, and is fluent in spoken Spanish and Portuguese, and less fluent in French.