Adele Horin

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Adele Horin retired in 2012 as a columnist and journalist for The Sydney Morning Herald.[1] A prolific and polarizing writer on social issues,[2] she was described as “the paper's resident feminist”.[3]

Early life[edit]

Born in 1951, Horin grew up in Applecross, Western Australia, a riverside baby boom suburb of Perth.[4] Educated at Applecross Primary School and Applecross Senior High School, she began her journalistic career as a cadet at The West Australian newspaper, while earning a Bachelor of Arts degree part-time at the University of Western Australia.[5]

Later career and personal life[edit]

Horin worked as a correspondent in New York, initially for the Australian Women's Weekly and Cleo magazines, and then for the Sydney Morning Herald.[5] She later worked in Washington, New York and London covering politics, society and economics for The National Times newspaper, considered in its day to be a pioneering exponent of investigative and social issues journalism.[6] In Australia, after a period with the ABC Radio National Life Matters programme she joined The Sydney Morning Herald.[5] She had a Saturday column on the paper's Comment page. Normally taking a left wing view point, Horin's writing usually dealt with social issues.[2]

On 25 August 2012 she announced, in her column, her retirement from The Sydney Morning Herald "not to spend the day in a dressing gown but to think, write, participate, and to engage with my generation in a different way".[1]

Horin "loves cricket".[7][8]


In 1981 Horin received a Walkley Award (Print) for Best Feature in a Newspaper or Magazine, at The National Times, Sydney, for a series of articles about sex in Australia.[5] She was a Walkley Award finalist again in 1996[9] and 2008.[10]

In 1991 she won the Australian Human Rights Commission Metropolitan Newspapers Award for her weekly column My Generation.[11]

In 1999 she was a finalist for Strewth! magazine’s Earnest Bastard of the Year Award.[12]

In 2011 she received an Australian Human Rights Commission media award for Sad truth behind closed doors, a series of stories on abuse and neglect of people with disability living in licensed boarding houses.[13][14]

In 2010 Stephanie Brown’s portrait of Adele Horin was selected for the Archibald Prize Salon des Refusés.[15]


  1. ^ a b Horin, Adele (25 August 2012). "For richer and poorer, the battle goes on". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 2012-12-07. 
  2. ^ a b Henningham, Nikki (20 October 2008). "Horin, Adele". The Australian Women's Register. The National Foundation for Australian Women. Retrieved 2012-04-02. 
  3. ^ Glover, Richard (2005). Desperate Husbands. Pymble, N.S.W.: HarperCollinsPublishers. ISBN 978-0732282509. 
  4. ^ Spender (ed.), Dale (1981). Heroines. Ringwood, Vic.: Penguin. ISBN 0140146970. 
  5. ^ a b c d "Do newspapers have a future and who cares?" (PDF). Newsletter - Jessie Street National Women's Library 20 (28): 1. May 2009. Retrieved 2012-03-30. 
  6. ^ Horin, Adele (27 April 2010). "Graduation address - Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences". UTS occasional address. University of Technology, Sydney. Retrieved 2012-04-02. 
  7. ^ Horin, Adele (31 December 1994). "Cricket's Symphony of Sweet Reasonableness". The Sydney Morning Herald. 
  8. ^ Horin, Adele (2001). "Cricket's Symphony of Sweet Reasonableness". In Headon, David John. The Best Ever Australian Sports Writing: A 200 Year Collection. Melbourne: Black Inc. pp. 122–124. ISBN 1863952667. 
  9. ^ Horin, Adele (25–27 Sep 1996). "The Lost Children". The Sydney Morning Herald. 
  10. ^ Horin, Adele; Debra Jopson (10 December 2007). "Millions lost in fierce legal war on the poor". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 2012-04-02. 
  11. ^ "1991 Human Rights Medal and Awards Winners". Australian Human Rights Commission. 24 November 1991. Retrieved 2012-04-02. 
  12. ^ "Australia's Most Earnest". Workers Online (27). 20 August 1999. Retrieved 2012-04-02. 
  13. ^ "Human Rights Awards 2011". Australian Human Rights Commission. 9 December 2011. Retrieved 2012-04-02. 
  14. ^ Horin, Adele (23 July 2011). "Sad truth behind closed doors". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 2012-04-04. 
  15. ^ Brown, Stephanie (19 March 2010). "Portrait of Adele Horin selected for 2010 Salon des Refusés". Stephanie Brown. Retrieved 2012-04-02.