Benita Kolovos is a journalist based in Melbourne, Australia.
She currently covers breaking news, courts, state politics and entertainment for the national newswire, Australian Associated Press, which has announced it will close on June 26, 2020.
Benita first came across AAP in 2015, while on a university internship. A story she wrote on her first day scored her a byline in the Herald Sun. The thrill of seeing her name in print made her realise it was something she wanted to do for the rest of her life. She permanently joined the AAP Melbourne bureau in 2017 and went on to complete a cadetship with the company in Sydney.
Like any wire journalist, Benita can go from chatting to celebrities on the red carpet to a reporting from the Supreme Court to holding her own alongside Australian politicians – all in one day.
In 2019, she covered the Australian Open, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s royal tour of Australia, the federal election and fashion week.
In the past six months, she covered the court cases of Craig McLachlan, Eurydice Dixon’s killer Jaymes Todd, terrorist Momena Shoma and catfish Lydia Abdelmalek, as well as coronial inquests into the Bourke Street massacre and the death of Yorta Yorta woman Tanya Day in custody.
She’s also led AAP’s fashion and entertainment coverage, reporting live from the Brownlow red carpet (2017, 2019), Melbourne Cup Carnival (2017, 2018, 2019), and multiple fashion weeks (2017, 2018, 2019, 2020).
Her work has appeared in most major Australian newspapers and websites including The Age, The Australian, The Herald Sun, The Guardian and news.com.au.
In her spare time, Benita tries to keep up with the both the Kardashians and Australian politics. She is yet to decide which is more dramatic.