From now on each week, one the eight new chosen members ofthe EBU Radio Features Project Group will introduce him/herself,
so that you all know – more or less – who you are – professionally – dealing with..
Kari Hesthamar (Norway)
I was born on a farm in the Western part of Norway in 1971, and had to spend all my summer holidays picking strawberries and sweet cherries.
Could have been worse, I guess.
It was and still is a small community, so at the age of 16 I moved out to go to college.
Which was perfect, as I was liberated from my parents, but still had the chance to see them every weekend.
After college I moved to Lyon where I worked as an au pair and studied French at the university.
I planned to educate in France, but eventually went home after one year abroad.
I picked up French at the University in Bergen, but after a while found out that I wanted to do something more idealistic… So the next step was social workers school.
I’m afraid it didn’t work out very well; after a year or so I knew I had made the wrong choice.
I realised that I could deal with these issues in a -for me- far more interesting way, and started to study journalism.
After my first job in a newspaper I knew that this was it.
I’ve now been in the NRK since 1996.
First in the news department in Stavanger for three years, where I worked as a programme host and a reporter, both for radio and television.
In 1999 I was so lucky to get a job in the radio features department in Oslo, where I’ve been since.
I feel very privileged to have the opportunity to meet all sorts of people that I wouldn’t have met if I wasn’t a journalist.
To have the opportunity to ask (nearly) whatever I want.
To travel around and learn so much from people, including colleagues from other countries.
This makes me reflect on my own life and pushes me in different directions.
Thank’s for that!
I won the Prix Europa in 1999 for “Till the mayor do us part”, which gave me a good start in the feature group.
I was also so lucky to win the Prix Italia 2003 (A room is locked off) and Prix Europa Radio Ã–sterreich 1 2004 (The brown parcel). “The brown Parcel” also got a special mention in the Prix Italia 2004.
Two of my documentaries were also elected “Norways best radioprogramme” 2003 and 2004.
In August I’m moving to Paris together with my little family.
The plan is to stay there for one or two years.
I will go on making documentaries for the NRK, and will also continue working for the EBU Project Group, where I’m elected for the second period.
A nice summer to everybody!
All the best,