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Hall of Fame - Alan Samson

This page last updated February 6 2007

Alan Samson has covered the Christchurch Civic Creche case as a journalist for the Dominion (later the Dominion Post). He deserves recognition for a job that he carried out extremely well and professionally.

Alan is now working as a lecturer at Massey University.  The following information is taken from his Massey Home Page:


Massey University
Department of Communication and Journalism
February 2007


Mr Alan Samson









Postal Address:

+64 4 801 2794, Extension 6381
+64 4 801 2693
Building 6C03A
Massey University
Private Box 756
New Zealand



Alan Samson's responsibilities lie mainly with the internal Graduate Diploma in Journalism and various extramural and internal papers within the Graduate Diploma in Applied Journalism, also offered as part of the Bachelor of Communications. He teaches the fledgling Science and Environment Jornalism paper (extramural only); Introduction to Journalism (internal and extramural); and Media Law and Ethics (internal and extramural).

For nearly 20 years Alan was a senior reporter at The Dominion newspaper, now the Dominion Post. He was also for a time the paper's deputy chief reporter and served long stints reporting in health, environment and general. Stories he covered for the newspaper included the Fiji coup, the Aramoana tragedy, the long-running Peter Ellis child molestation case, and the Lord of the Rings' phenomenon. He was also the only print journalist to cover the groundbreaking Royal Commission on Genetic Modification.

In an earlier life he worked for the Christchurch Press, the New Zealand Press Association, as well as editing two management magazines in London. He is a several-times Qantas winner and finalist, including for crime and justice feature writing and science news reporting, three-times a Crown Research Institute's science writer winner, and a past winner of the NZ Skeptics critical reporting award. He is currently a sitting member of the New Zealand Press Council.