12 Apr 2023

19 Olivia Shivas | Cruelty in Care

From re_covering, 5:00 am on 12 April 2023
Journalist Olivia Shivas sits across a desk from Reverend Frank Ritchie.

Journalist Olivia Shivas and Reverend Frank Ritchie Photo: Stephanie Soh Lavemaau

Having used a wheelchair all her life, Olivia Shivas’ coverage on people with disabilities suffering horrific abuse in care hit uncomfortably close to home.

But pushing through the personal mental toll of the hearings, the Stuff journalist’s courageous reporting would help expose injustice and give survivors a voice.

In this conversation with broadcaster and media chaplain Rev Frank Ritchie, Olivia discusses her experiences as a journalist with a disability, the fight to overcome stereotypes, and how good-quality media coverage can give dignity to others with disabilities.


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