3 May 2023

22 Simon Wilson | The Cancer Diaries

From re_covering, 5:00 am on 3 May 2023
NZ Herald Journalist Simon Wilson being interviewed by Reverend Frank Ritchie

Reverend Frank Ritchie interviewing journalist Simon Wilson Photo: Stephanie Soh Lavemaau

Just before Christmas 2017, veteran journalist Simon Wilson received a life-changing phone call. He had prostate cancer, and it wasn’t looking good.

Having just taken a job at the Herald, he bravely decided to let New Zealand have a peek behind the hospital curtain by penning his Cancer Diaries. Keeping a record of each brutal moment of his illness brought him catharsis and his readers comfort.

In this kōrero with broadcaster and media chaplain Rev Frank Ritchie, Simon discusses coming to terms with his own mortality, his experiences as the editor of several of New Zealand’s top magazines, and the conundrum of paywalled journalism.


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