Antónia Mészáros


Birthdate: 1976

Living place: Budapest, Hungary

Theme: journalism, media

ECC Participation: moderator

photo: private archive

Antónia Mészáros is a journalist, TV presenter, author and producer of documentary TV films. Since March 2011 she has been a director of Foundation for Excellence in Journalism (Minőségi Újságírás Alapítvány), which awards Hungary’s most prestigious print media prize for journalists and organises special events for media professionals. She is also a presenter of “Teadélután”, a live cultural talk show on Hungarian Public Television (MTV1, Magyar Televízió).

“When I am interviewing people in the studio I try to ask the right questions: the ethical questions.”

Mészáros graduated from Eotvos Lorand University (ELTE – Eötvös Loránd Tudományegyetem) in Budapest, Hungary. As a beneficiary of Kellner Scholarship Programme she also studied English Literature, Journalism, Sociology, and Political Science at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut, USA.

She began her professional career as an editor-in-chief of the student periodical for all Budapest universities and as a freelance journalist, writing for several Hungarian newspapers and magazines. Her cooperation with BBC Television started from researching for the programme “Correspondent”. Later she was an assistant producer in BBC’s News and Current Affairs and Documentaries departments. Working for BBC’s “Panorama” she gained the experience of filming in extreme environments, e.g. she spent 4 months in Iraq, during and after the war. For 4 years (2006-2010) she was presenter of “Az Este”, a daily news and current affairs programme on MTV1, where she led live interviews with experts, artists and politicians.

In 2008 she produced and directed her first documentary for BBC World News, “Looking for Gypsy Roots”. The film was selected as one of the best documentaries of the year by BBC. Among her other documentaries are: “Darkness on the Edge of Town” (for BBC World News, 2009) and “Rejected” (2010), a film that won the First Prize at the Hungarian-Romanian Documentary Film Festival. Mészáros is an author of “ Az Unió Nomádjai” (“Nomads of the EU”), a book on migrant workers in the UK, published in 2006 by Népszabadság, the publishing branch of the biggest Hungarian daily newspaper.

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