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Alexa Cook

Host of Rural News

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Alexa grew up on a dairy goat farm in Central Hawke's Bay, which comes in handy for her current role as the rural reporter for Radio New Zealand.

She started her path into journalism by studying Public Relations at Massey University in Palmerston North where she could also juggle a competitive life show jumping horses.

At the end of three years she wasn't sure that PR was the right fit, and so once she finished the degree she headed south to the New Zealand Broadcasting School in Christchurch.

Alexa joined Radio New Zealand in January 2015 as an intern from the broadcasting school. From there she worked briefly as the conservation reporter before moving into the Rural News Programme.

She has been presenting and producing the Rural News since March 2016.

In October 2017 Alexa won several awards for her work including stories on the first cattle muster for Muzzle Station after the Kaikoura Earthquake, agricultural science, and issues with rural connectivity.

Alexa won: The Ministry for Primary Industries Rongo Award for Excellence in Agricultural Journalism, Federated Farmers Broadcast Journalism Award, Alliance Group Red Meat Industry Journalism Award, AgResearch Science Writers Award and the Rural Women New Zealand Rural Connectivity Award.

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