Maggie O'Kane in conversation with Vincent Browne
Maggie O'Kane is an award–winning Irish journalist whose accolades include British journalist of the Year, Irish Journalist of the Year and Amnesty International Journalist of the Year. She is probably best known for her earlier work as a foreign correspondent with The Guardian covering the Bosnian war — following a career in the newsroom at RTÉ and on Today Tonight. Her career began, appropriately enough for tonight's event, with our host Vincent Browne who gave her that all–important first break and then nearly sacked her. But more of that later.
After founding Guardian Films, The Guardian's Emmy award–winning film unit, she went onto work as The Guardian investigations editor for five years before leaving earlier this year to set up the Global Media Campaign to end Female Genital Mutilation, a role she says will see her to her grave and with 200 million women and girls living with FGM, that is probably true.
Maggie O'Kane is a journalist and documentary film maker. She is executive director of the Global Media Campaign to End Female Genital Mutilation, set up by The Guardian in 2014. It has since expanded to become an independent charity – working with number of international media partners. The Global Media Campaign is an international media network that supports activists and journalists to accelerate the end of Female Genital Mutilation by using both local radio,TV and all available social media platforms to help a new generation of media activists to end FGM within a generation.
Vincent Browne, originally from Broadford, Co Limerick, began his journalistic career by reporting from Prague from August to November 1968 on the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia for The Irish Times. He edited Nusight magazine in 1969 and 1970 and in September 1970 he went to Belfast as the Northern Ireland news editor of the Irish Press group. He worked for the Sunday Independent from 1974 and in 1977 he founded Magill magazine and was editor of that until 1983. He was editor of The Sunday Tribune from 1983 to 1994. He then became a columnist for The Irish Times. He presented a radio programme “Tonight with Vincent Browne” for RTÉ from 1996 to 2007 and between 2007 and 2017 he presented “Tonight with Vincent Browne for TV3.
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