Sasha Borissenko

News and Engagement Editor/Journalist, The Newsroom

Sasha Borissenko was the communications advisor at top-tier firm, Simpson Grierson. Despite being admitted to the High Court of Wellington in 2013, she decided to pursue a career in journalism and media due to her love of people, social justice, and writing. Thanks to a Fairfax scholarship, she landed her first job at The Nelson Mail as a court and police reporter. Having developed a keen interest in the Family Court changes, and issues around access to justice, she became a feature writer for The New Zealand’s Law Society’s, LawTalk, before taking up the position as Editor for New Zealand Lawyer and Australasian Lawyer magazines.

Hailing from Tauranga, yet born in San Francisco to Russian and Irish parents, she’s lived in Dunedin, Nelson, Wellington, Denmark and Budapest. She’s now happy to call Auckland home. If she’s not driving the communications and digital strategy at Simpson Grierson, you can find her freelancing for VICE New Zealand, or singing jazz standards during weekends.

Sasha has a Bachelor of Arts, a Bachelor of Music and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Otago. She completed a Post Graduate Diploma in Journalism at Massey University and aims to finish a Master’s Degree in Journalism from Massey University in 2018. She is exploring food deserts and the stigmas associated with the obesity epidemic.