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Freelancing journalist

Maria Hansson Botin. Passionate radio journalist.

About

About

Background

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". After that I was 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.

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 also take on assignments as a fixer in Sweden for international media.

Productions

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.

Documentaries

2020

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. https://sverigesradio.se/sida/avsnitt/1568716?programid=909

2020

Guantánamo and the war on terror

For P3 Dokumentär. https://sverigesradio.se/sida/avsnitt/1460350?programid=2519

2019

Hurricane Katrina

For P3 Dokumentär. https://sverigesradio.se/avsnitt/1233568

2018

Refugee smuggler Heidari

For P3 Dokumentär. About one of Europes most notorious refugee smugglers. https://sverigesradio.se/avsnitt/1185129

2017

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. https://sverigesradio.se/avsnitt/938141

2017

The train crash in Lerum

For P3 Dokumentär. About the accident in 1987 when two passenger trains collide at full speed. https://sverigesradio.se/avsnitt/881595

2016

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. https://sverigesradio.se/avsnitt/790931

2016

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. https://sverigesradio.se/avsnitt/721186

2016

The drug dealer

For P1 Dokumentär. About an amfetamin addict and dealer trying to go clean and become a better father to his kids. https://sverigesradio.se/avsnitt/682932

Reportage

2019-05

Slavery lives on in Mauritania

Studio Ett

2018-08

The divorce and the loyalties

Känsligt läge med Klara Zimmergren

2018-07

Breaking the norm

Känsligt läge med Klara Zimmergren

2018-01

Icelandic food - growing bananas but not wheat

Meny i P1

Contact

Get in touch

phone number

+4670-396 83 19

email address

maria.hansson.botin@gmail.com
maria.hansson_botin@sr.se

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