Journalist Mark Saunokonoko Sheds Light on Maddie
‘Maddie: A Door Marked Closed’ about the disappearance of three-year-old Madeline McCann is the latest investigation by Sydney-based New Zealand journalist Mark Saunokonoko. ‘Maddie’ debuted at No 1 on Australia’s iTunes podcast charts in March, with over one million downloads to date.
Since 2000, Mark Saunokonoko has worked as a print and online journalist and feature writer in New Zealand, UK, UAE and Australia. For Nine.com.au, Saunokonoko’s work has focused on the Madeleine McCann case, drug crime, extremist terror groups, issues relating to the environment and medicinal cannabis. His latest episode on the popular ‘Maddie’ podcast, ‘A Door Marked Closed’, is available now.
British three-year-old Madeleine McCann mysteriously vanished from her family’s holiday apartment in Portugal on 3 May 2007. She remains the world’s most famous missing person. Madeleine’s parents, Kate and Gerry, said their daughter was abducted. However, lingering questions about what happened have never gone away. ‘Maddie’ is a multi-episode investigation of the evidence.
‘Maddie’ was created by Saunokonoko, and is the result of two years of research into the complex case and features interviews from many people involved with the case – including law enforcement agents, DNA scientists, crime scene pathologists and private detectives who worked for the McCanns – that span seven countries.
“It’s a fascinating case, but after more than a decade not all the evidence has come to light and Maddie is still missing,” Saunokonoko said. “We’ve pulled together all aspects of this case and a podcast seemed the most appropriate medium to really explore this well known yet not fully understood story.”
Mark Saunokonoko has worked as a print and online journalist and feature writer in New Zealand, UK, UAE and Australia. He was a sports journalist for TVNZ before spending five years with Time Warner AOL in the UK. For Nine.com.au, Saunokonoko’s work has focused on the Madeleine McCann case, drug crime, extremist terror groups, issues relating to the environment and medicinal cannabis. Mark has a Politics degree from the University of Waikato and is a graduate of AUT’s School of Journalism.
Original article by Nine.com.au, April 2019.