Maria Hansson Botin. Passionate radio journalist.




After receiveing my degree in journalism at JMG, University of Gothenburg, in 2012, I worked as a researcher with Laika Film & Television, conducting investigative journalism for the SVT program "Dokument inifrån". Then I started working as a reporter at the Swedish Broadcasting Company, with both local and national news programs.

In recent years I've been focusing on longer stories and documentaries for the radio. For a few years as a freelancer, mostly for SR, and now as a full-time employee at Third Ear Studio.

Other engagements

Since 2016 I run the non-profit association Min Mic together with freelance journalist Lasse Edfast. Through the association we teach youth from the Gothenburg area Hisingen about radio, journalism and democracy to give them the means to tell their stories. Read more about the project (in Swedish) on: Min Mic.

For inquiries about lectures on journalism and dramaturgy, see contact info below.

I have also been taking on assignments as a fixer in Sweden for international media.


Written stories

The al-Qaeda-leader who got away

Story for the newspaper Göteborgs-Posten about Mahfouz Ould al-Walid, former mufti in al Qaeda and personal spiritual advisor of Osama bin Laden, who was once chased by the US but now lives freely in the open in Mauritania.

Published in 2020. Full story, in Swedish, here: Här lever Usama bin Ladins rådgivare Mahfouz Ould al-Walid i frihet

The unexpected consequences of the pandemic for a ten-year-old with heart disease

Story for Svenska Dagbladet about heart transplanted William, whose family is used to live close to death and to whom social distancing has been part of life since before the pandemic.

Published in 2020. Full story, in Swedish, here: Pandemins oväntade följder för hjärtsjuke William

Radio productions

I mainly work with the longer documentary format but also with shorter stories for the radio. Most of the work I do is for the Swedish Broadcasting Corporation, Sveriges Radio.



Spår – The Catrine da Costa case

For Third Ear Studio. About the police investigation of the 1984 unsolved murder of Catrine da Costa.


Osama bin Laden's spiritual adviser

For Third Ear Studio. In 1991 a 16-year-old poet travels almost 8000 miles to Afghanistan and swears loyalty to Osama bin Laden. He becomes his spiritual adviser. In an era when the Western world is relieved after the end of the cold war, a group of men becomes more and more radicalized. How do you start hating so much that you're willing to murder 3000 innocent civilians? Also – how is it possible that someone who was so close to all of this is now living freely in the open in Mauritania?


The bus accident in Sveg

For P3 Dokumentär. For over a year the 52 14-year-olds have been excited about the ski trip. But they never arrive in Klövsjö. Early in the morning on the 2nd of April in 2017, the double-decker bus ran off a narrow road in Härjedalen. A story about bottomless grief, the challenges faced by emergency medical responders in rural Sweden and the safety of our roads.


Fagerhult in the year of the pandemic

For P1 Dokumentär. About the effects of the pandemic on a rural community in Sweden. A conspiracy theorist who doesn't believe the virus to be dangerous but still delivers groceries to those who have self-isolated. A man who fears the loneliness and a priest and his wife who hopes the pandemic will make people realize the benefits of living in the countryside.


Guantánamo and the war on terror

For P3 Dokumentär.


Hurricane Katrina

For P3 Dokumentär.


Refugee smuggler Heidari

For P3 Dokumentär. About one of Europes most notorious refugee smugglers.


The fire catastrophe at Borås Stadshotell

For P3 Dokumentär. About one of the most disastrous fires in Swedish modern history in 1978. When students celebrating graduation gets caught in a fire at a club.


The train crash in Lerum

For P3 Dokumentär. About the accident in 1987 when two passenger trains collide at full speed.


The accident in Lillhärdal

For P3 Dokumentär. About what happens in a tiny rural village when one of the "bad boys" kills a young girl when he hits her with his cross bike.


The Marina Johansson case

For P3 Dokumentär. About a murder mystery that will take unusual turns in the Swedish judicial system and become the the break through for the organization Missing People.


The drug dealer

For P1 Dokumentär. About an amfetamin addict and dealer trying to go clean and become a better father to his kids.



Slavery lives on in Mauritania

Studio Ett


The divorce and the loyalties

Känsligt läge med Klara Zimmergren


Breaking the norm

Känsligt läge med Klara Zimmergren


Icelandic food – growing bananas but not wheat

Meny i P1


Get in touch

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