Adele Horin retired in 2012 as a columnist and journalist for The Sydney Morning Herald. A prolific and polarizing writer on social issues, she was described as “the paper's resident feminist”.
Born in 1951, Horin grew up in Applecross, Western Australia, a riverside baby boom suburb of Perth. 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.
Later career and personal life
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. 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. In Australia, after a period with the ABC Radio National Life Matters programme she joined The Sydney Morning Herald. 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.
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".
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. She was a Walkley Award finalist again in 1996 and 2008.
In 1991 she won the Australian Human Rights Commission Metropolitan Newspapers Award for her weekly column My Generation.
In 1999 she was a finalist for Strewth! magazine’s Earnest Bastard of the Year Award.
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.
- Horin, Adele (25 August 2012). "For richer and poorer, the battle goes on". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 2012-12-07.
- Henningham, Nikki (20 October 2008). "Horin, Adele". The Australian Women's Register. The National Foundation for Australian Women. Retrieved 2012-04-02.
- Glover, Richard (2005). Desperate Husbands. Pymble, N.S.W.: HarperCollinsPublishers. ISBN 978-0732282509.
- Spender (ed.), Dale (1981). Heroines. Ringwood, Vic.: Penguin. ISBN 0140146970.
- "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.
- Horin, Adele (27 April 2010). "Graduation address - Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences". UTS occasional address. University of Technology, Sydney. Retrieved 2012-04-02.
- Horin, Adele (31 December 1994). "Cricket's Symphony of Sweet Reasonableness". The Sydney Morning Herald.
- 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.
- Horin, Adele (25–27 Sep 1996). "The Lost Children". The Sydney Morning Herald.
- Horin, Adele; Debra Jopson (10 December 2007). "Millions lost in fierce legal war on the poor". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 2012-04-02.
- "1991 Human Rights Medal and Awards Winners". Australian Human Rights Commission. 24 November 1991. Retrieved 2012-04-02.
- "Australia's Most Earnest". Workers Online (27). 20 August 1999. Retrieved 2012-04-02.
- "Human Rights Awards 2011". Australian Human Rights Commission. 9 December 2011. Retrieved 2012-04-02.
- Horin, Adele (23 July 2011). "Sad truth behind closed doors". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 2012-04-04.
- Brown, Stephanie (19 March 2010). "Portrait of Adele Horin selected for 2010 Salon des Refusés". Stephanie Brown. Retrieved 2012-04-02.