With over a decade’s experience in television news at an editorial level, journalist and filmmaker Leah Borromeo bridges a parallel arts practice with documentary to extract new angles and emotions around factual narratives.
Currently directing and presenting The Cotton Film: Dirty White Gold, a feature film on Indian cotton farmer suicides and fashion – connecting the clothing supply chain from seed to shop – with Dartmouth Films, she writes a monthly column on sustainability and ethics for The Guardian. She’s also made a series of short films on arts activism for Channel 4’s “Random Acts” and hosted Resonance FM’s “The Left Bank Show”. She has desk-jockeyed as Deputy Foreign Editor at Sky News, fawned over Jon Snow’s socks at Channel 4 News, and stood around a satellite truck looking important for APTN.
Having a knack of being in the wrong place at the right time, she sometimes gets into trouble. It’s usually on film, and only once has it been on a tank.
She’s written and filmed for the Guardian, the Index on Censorship, The British Journal of Photography, Amnesty International, Greenpeace, Juxtapoz, Sky News Online, 48hrmag [winner, 2010 Knight-Batten Award for Innovation in Journalism], Atlantic Monthly, New Statesman, Tank Magazine and a bi-weekly rag that gets sued a lot. She’s sold her soul to punditry and shadowy producer work for outlets from BBC Radio Five Live and LBC Radio to Current TV.
All work published on this site, unless stated, is her own.
Clients include but are not limited to: Channel 4, Sky News, Channel 4 News, APTN, Reuters Television News, TV4 Sweden, TVNZ [New Zealand], CBC News [Canada], France24, BBC Radio Five Live, Resonance FM, LBC Radio, Today FM [Ireland], The Guardian, the Index on Censorship, the British Journal of Photography, Tank Magazine, Juxtapoz, Don’t Panic, Current TV, Greenpeace, Amnesty International, Merlin, Save the Children, Doctors Worldwide, UNICEF, Atlantic Monthly, techeye.net, Who’s Jack, [P U L S E], The Russell Tribunal on Palestine and, erm not quite sure why but, Fox News…erm….
“You’re a bit c-list and show your bra in a desperate bid for publicity.” Zoe Griffin, Party Princess
“I’m scared of you since you turned up on my hotel TV in Reno reporting for Fox News on the London riots. Immediately followed by a spot of punditry from Sara Palin.” Private Eye hack
“…not your run of the mill Mohammed.” Nick Toksvig, Al Jazeera English
“…the William Randolph Hearst of Twitter.” Peter Kennard, artist
“…redolent with mischief.” Jamie Kelsey-Fry, New Internationalist
“Ms. Borromeo is a hot Deaconess of change.” Rev. Billy and the Church of Stop Shopping
“When it comes to putting full stops at the ends of sentences, Leah’s up there with the greats.“ Mark Smith, Senior Producer, Sky News
“Where do you get off trying to pull that shit?” Nick Pollard, fmr Head of News, Sky News
“Pfft. You’re not a vegetarian….” Jacky Rowland, Middle East Correspondent, Al Jazeera English
“Thank you, but can you send us that You Tube link again?” Peter Sharp and Eve Johnson, Beijing Correspondent and Producer, Sky News after a particularly dodgy and illegal live hit which involved late night knocks on doors and much hiding in closets from Amdo, China ahead of the 2008 Olympics.
“The biggest show off since Lady Godiva entered the Royal Enclosure at Ascot claiming she had literally NOTHING to wear’.” Blackadder Goes Fourth
And for serious work stuff [if you parlais corporate]:
“A serious journalist among the sycophants.” Max Hayton, TVNZ
“Leah’s been a news editor on the home and foreign desks for years. She’s one of the few able and willing to flip-flop from one to the other. She’s very vigorous, determined, and strong minded. I’d say she’s a one-off. She’d bring something very bright and original.” Rob Kirk, Editorial Development Manager, Sky News
“Leah’s [worked] on the home and foreign desks and in the field both home and abroad. She is highly intelligent and is a driven and committed journalist. She thinks outside the box and is always full of ideas on how to move on a story. She has an excellent contacts book too.” Simon Cole, fmr Managing Editor, Sky News
“…your work is awesome.” 48hrmag / Longshot