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Karina Holden

Bachelor of Science 1993
Studying a Bachelor of Science at the University of Sydney, Karina specialised in zoology and history and philosophy of science (HPS). Since graduating, Karina has spent 20 years working in science journalism as a producer.
Karina Holden filming out in the field.


Karina’s lucky break came while she was completing her post-graduate degree. A producer from the ABC Natural History Unit (NHU) contacted Karina about doing a story on the snakes she was studying and that set her on a new path. Karina decided to volunteer at the unit for a summer, and after six weeks, she was asked to stay on as a paid employee.

Karina went on to spend much of her career at the ABC where she became the commissioning editor of science and nature documentaries. Here she made countless award-winning films for National Geographic, Discovery Channel and Animal Planet.

In 2013, Karina became the Head of Production at Northern Pictures, a leading documentary production company. One of her most notable projects was ‘Blue’, an ocean conservation film which she wrote, directed and produced. The documentary was released internationally in 2017.

Despite her enviable career, Karina’s journey has been filled with good old-fashioned hard work, enthusiasm and a bit of luck.

Based on her own experience, Karina believes people wanting to work in science journalism have to create their own opportunities.

“Be positive, seize every chance you can, put yourself in the right places and get yourself known for the right reasons!"