Sarah Malik is a Walkley award winning Australian investigative journalist, writer and commentator. She currently works as the Deputy Editor of SBS Life.  Her work focuses on asylum, surveillance, gender and race  – most notably examining domestic violence, gender inequality and migration.

Her writing has been featured in the New York Times, The Sydney Morning HeraldDaily LifeABC’s The Drum,  The Saturday Paper and The Guardian.  She has presented and produced programs for ABC Radio National and is a sought after speaker, presenting a keynote address at 2018 Muslim Legal Network Ramadan dinner, and at the Muslim Women and Agency Symposium hosted by the Sydney University Law School. 

In 2018, Sarah was part of a team awarded three Walkley awards for an ABC investigative series on domestic violence and faith communities. Her contribution involved researching and reporting a special feature on the challenges Muslim women in Australia experience accessing religious divorce in community. The series won a Gold Walkley, Best Journalism Campaign and Best Series in the Our Watch Walkley Foundation Media awards. The Our Watch awards highlight stories shining a light on women’s rights and domestic violence issues in Australia. In 2019 she will be a inaugural  Our Watch fellow

She has also presented and co-produced podcasts for ABC radio with David Rutledge.  ‘In My Shoes’ featured on ABC Radio National’s Earshot program explores race and the challenges of representation with the rise of the extreme right both in Australia and globally; and examine the impact of this on the lives of minority communities in the west.  ‘Majnoon’ – explores the impact of intersecting discrimination on the mental health of Muslim migrant and refugee communities. In 2018, she made a series for Radio National ‘Kismet’ looking at how western Muslim women  navigate love, family, faith and changing gender roles. Listen to Part One (38 min), Part two (34 min) and Part three (40 min).

She has also worked as a contributing reporter for the Guardian and the New York Times covering asylum in Australia, breaking exclusive stories from a High Court challenge to the legality of  detaining  asylum seekers brought to Australia from Manus and Nauru for medical treatment, what life is like for Muslim detainees practising Ramadan in  Villawood and disputed border advice given to a Muslim civil rights group.

Since 2015, she has been working on an ongoing series of stories with the Guardian’s Ben Doherty on Egyptian asylum seeker Sayed Abdellatif. The Guardian’s exclusive investigative series revealed Mr Abdellatif’s indefinite detention without charge in Australian detention was based on a conviction in an Egyptian court secured by the use of torture, resulting in Interpol clearing him of all charges.

The stories were recognised as a finalist for journalism excellence in the 2015 Migration and Settlement awards, nominated in the media category for the 2015 Australian Human Rights Commission awards and won highly commended at the 2015 UN Media peace prize awards.

Sarah graduated from the University of Technology, Sydney, with degrees in Law and Journalism.  She has previously worked as a journalist for the Australian Associated Press and as a journalism lecturer and teacher at Monash and Sydney University.

She likes watching Bollywood films, drinking chai  (not chai lattes or ‘chai tea’) and swimming in the sea.

Follow her work on Twitter @sarahbmalik, Instagram @sarah_b_malik or Facebook.


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