Helen Vatsikopoulos is a Walkley Award winning journalist who has worked for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, the Australia Network, and for the Special Broadcasting Service.
In a career spanning 30 years she has worked on programs such as the ABC News, the Midday Report, the 7.30 report, Dateline, Lateline and Foreign Correspondent. In that time she has specialized in International Reporting and has covered history-changing events like the fall of the Berlin Wall, the collapse of Communism, the Rwandan Genocide, the HIV-Aids crisis in West Papua, the Sri Lankan Civil War, the assassination of Rajiv Gandhi, and the Bali Bombings — among many others. Her reporting on the collapse of the USSR won her a coveted Walkley award.
Helen has presented many studio-based television programs including Face the Press, News Extra, Talking Heads and Dateline for SBS; The 7.00 pm News and the Midday Report for ABC1 and Asia-Pacific Focus for the Australia Network. She has also made three documentaries: New World Borders and the award-winning documentaries Agatha’s Curse and Getting Gehry.
Helen completed her Doctorate of Creative Arts in 2018 it was a exegetical investigation on identity and nationalism with an autoethnographical memoir on the Greek Civil War
Her research interests include: identity, nationalism, memory studies, historiography, autoethnography, video journalism, literary journalism
Helen teaches digital journalism with speciality in video and long form journalism
Journalism Major Project supervision of documentaries
Vatsikopoulos, H, Baker, R, Mckenzie, N, Spencer, S, Welch, D & Besser, L 2012, 'Panel discussion-investigative case studies', Pacific Journalism Review, vol. 18, no. 1, pp. 30-45.
The transcript of a panel discussion on two Australian investigative journalism case studies, moderated by Helen Vatsikopoulos: 1. Dirty Money: The Age and ABC Four Corners investigations in 2009 and 2010 into the Federal Reserve Bank and the allegedly corrupt activities of some staff of a subsidiary company, Securency-Richard Baker, Nick McKenzie and Sue Spencer; 2. Crime Does Pay: a Sydney Morning Herald investigation into how the law enforcement agency NSW Crime Commission has been sharing the proceeds of crime with organised crime figures, cutting deals that allow them to walk away with millions of dollars-Dylan Welch, Linton Besser.
Vatsikopoulos, H 2016, 'The Role of the Media in Public Opinion and Social Cohesion', Australian Council of Social Services Council Conference 2016, Carriage works Redfern.
Vatsikopoulos, H 2016, 'Race Identity and Belonging - Cultural Diversity and the Media', National Multicultural Women's Conference 2016:Influencing Change Vision and Impact, Parkroyal Parramatta.
Vatsikopoulos, H 2014, 'Rwanda: 20 years after the Genocide- PTSD and journalists, cinematographers, sound recordists and editors', Journalism Education and Research Association Conference, Sydney.
Vatsikopoulos, H. 2013, 'Ethnic Media', Multicultural Media at the Crossroads, Parliament House New South Wales.
Case study of impact of Greek media on integration of migrants in Australia
Vatsikopoulos, H 2017, 'Exposure 04: Andrew Quilty - Australian Centre for Photography'.
Vatsikopoulos, H 2016, 'Cultural Diversity 2014 - 2016'.
vatsikopoulos 2015, 'SOFT POWER AND THE RISE OF SCANDINAVIA'.
Vatsikopoulos, H 2015, 'FRANK GEHRY TELEVISION DOCUMENTARIES ABC/BBC: Getting Gehry and The Architect says Why Can't I?', ABC.
Vatsikopoulos, H 2015, 'Getting Frank Gehry', Australia.
Vatsikopoulos, H 2015, 'Honouring the Journalists who bring us stories from the frontline', The Conversation.
Examines the role of journalists in bearing witness and the new LAW of WAR that that Pentagon has put out that targets journalists as the enemy in war
Vatsikopoulos, H, Aitken - co-writer/director, S & Erson co-producer, A 2015, '"Getting Gehry"', original concept documentary and co-producer and co-writer, ABC 1 and BBC.
My original concept documentary on Frank Gehry, the architect and his first Australian building
The COnversation piece on the Gehry effect - how starchitects add value and marketing
Vatsikopoulos, H 2013, 'Australia has more soft power than ever but can we keep it?', The Conversation.
Australia's place in the Soft Power Index will fall because of the policies of the Australian Governement
Vatsikopoulos, H 2013, 'Soft Power: How TV Shows like Borgen put Denmark on the map'.
Nordic Noir is a cultural export for the Scandinavian countries - this article explores how the Danes made TV a soft power tool
Vatsikopoulos, H. 2013, 'Waiting for Gehry', Stories from the Tower, Xoum, NSW, pp. 160-163.
Article on the new Gehry building including original interviews, archival research and creative writing
Vatsikopoulos, H, 'One thing Abbott was completely right about : The Messenger and the Assassin's Knife', The New Daily.
Looking at the insider culture in journalism and politics
Vatsikopoulos, H, 'Whose Australian Stories?'.
The Conversation piece on the lack of cultural diversity among content makers at the ABC
Vatsikopoulos, H. THE SYDNEY MORNING HERALD 2013, The Rise of the North, pp. 24-25.
A comprehensive article on the rise of Scandinavian culture, from crime fiction, music, video games, food, film and television.
Vatsikopoulos, H 2014, 'Public Media and Social Crisis - How the media covers crisis'.
Panel discussion: Public Media and Social Crisis
Vatsikopoulos, H, 'Michelle Guthrie should look to UK and reality TV to achieve a more diverse ABC', The Conversation.