Siobhan Downes joined the Asia Media Centre in January 2019 after a two-year stint in the United Arab Emirates. Before this, she worked as a reporter for stuff.co.nz, covering national news and travel.
In 2014, Siobhan undertook an Asia New Zealand Foundation internship at the International New York Times bureau in Hong Kong. Her internship coincided with the ‘Umbrella Movement’ democracy protests, and reporting from the occupied streets was a career highlight.
Siobhan has a Bachelor of Arts with first-class honours in Japanese and History from the University of Otago and a Postgraduate Diploma in Journalism.