Courtesy Benjamin Zotter

Courtesy Benjamin Zotter

Nastasya Tay is a Senior Correspondent at SBS World News, based in Sydney, Australia, but covering international news and features around the region and beyond.

An independent broadcast journalist, writer, television and multimedia producer, formerly based in Southern Africa, she filed dispatches across formats and across genres.

She has reported from more than twenty countries across four continents, specialising in issues affecting Africa, the environment, health and development.

Her work in print and photo has appeared in publications including The Guardian and The Observer (UK), The Independent (UK), The Sydney Morning Herald & The Age (Australia), global news websites including The Economist, InterPress Service and The Washington Post, and every major South African newspaper. She has been a roving correspondent for Africa’s leading paper, the Mail & Guardian.

Nastasya also writes, shoots images and produces video for the Associated Press, has produced and presented news and features for the BBC, worked on documentary projects for NBC Dateline (US) and BBC 1, and has appeared as an on-screen correspondent for ITV (UK), Nine Network (Australia), Network 10 (Australia), RTE (Ireland) and eNews Channel Africa.

She files radio reports for National Public Radio (US), the BBC World Service, BBC’s Radio 5 Live, Public Radio International (US), and RTE (Ireland). Her work as the Features & Investigative Reporter at Eyewitness News - the news arm of South Africa’s largest commercial radio broadcaster - was nominated in 2011 for the country’s most highly regarded long-form radio documentary award.

Nastasya also writes about design, travel, food and culture, for magazines including Marie Claire, Elle Decoration, British Airways' High Life, online journal Roads & Kingdoms, VISI, Taste and the lifestyle supplements of South Africa’s Sunday Times and financial broadsheet Business Day. While based in Africa, she was the food columnist for Business Day's Wanted.

She is also the curator of - and contributor to - the creative collaborative platform the extra-ordinary.

Nastasya is a fellow of the International Women’s Media Foundation, and a former Board member of the Foreign Correspondents' Association of Southern Africa.

She is trained in Hostile Environments and First Aid (HEFAT), most recently with Beltin Group in June 2016, in NSW, Australia.


The backstory

Born in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and raised in Western Australia, Nastasya read Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE) at the University of Oxford and Politics and Regional Studies at the School of Oriental & African Studies (SOAS) in London, graduating with First Class Honours.

She began her career in the field of international development and policy, including postings with the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda in Tanzania and as a researcher in Aceh, Indonesia, evaluating the aftermath of the 2004 tsunami.

For nearly 8 years, Nastasya worked for various think tanks and non-governmental organisations, from international advocacy group Human Rights Watch to the UK’s Royal African Society. Her professional background includes engaging as a lobbyist at British Parliament and as a communications strategist and project manager for several NGOs.

In 2010, she left one of Africa’s leading HIV/AIDS organisations in Johannesburg’s inner city for a life of journalism, working in the lead up to the FIFA World Cup as a writer and television producer for the Associated Press, and then for the BBC during and after the tournament.

She then went on to cover 2010’s deadly food riots in Mozambique for both The AP and BBC, and has since worked as a freelance foreign correspondent, filing print and radio reports, images and video for various international broadcasters and agencies.

Nastasya has covered famine and political rebirth in Somalia, the rhino horn trade in Vietnam, pro-democracy protests in Swaziland, refugee crises in South Sudan, corruption in South Africa’s political ranks, the plight of Zimbabwe’s migrants, UN climate change talks in Cancun, Durban and Doha, political upheaval in the Maldives, cyclones in the South Pacific, and been very ill embedded on a Greenpeace boat.

She has lived in London, Malaysia, Tanzania, Denmark, Kenya and Johannesburg, but has been based in Sydney since February 2016.

She travels frequently around - and beyond - the region.

Nastasya speaks some French, Indonesian and Malay, alongside her native tongue, English.


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