Martyna Wojciechowska

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Martyna Wojciechowska
Wojciechowska Martyna.jpg
Martyna Wojciechowska in 2007
Born (1974-09-28)September 28, 1974
Warsaw  Poland
Occupation TV host and author
Known for Adventure, mountaineering

Marta Eliza Wojciechowska (born 28 September 1974 in Warsaw)[1] is a Polish TV presenter, traveller, journalist and writer. In 2010, she completed Seven Summits.[2] The hostess of ‘Woman at the Edge of the World’ TV series. National Geographic Poland Editor and Chief.[3]

Media career[edit]

At the age of 19 she began her career as a model in one of the top private TV broadcaster in Poland - TVN. She was a hostess of variety of programs such as Big Brother, Mission Martyna, Kids with Class, in TVN Turbo she was one of the authors and hostess of the “auto-moto” orientated Automaniak . Since September 2009 she has been the hostess of the weekly series ‘Woman at the edge of the world’.[4] As a journalist she worked with magazines like The world of motorbikes (Swiat motocykli), Auto moto, Playboy or Voyage . In February 2007 she became the editor and chief of National Geographic Poland and National Geographic Traveler. She is also a head editor of Polish-English monthly travel magazine Kaleidscope

''The woman at the edge of the world'' TV series[edit]

The series started off in 2008 and it’s now at its’ 8 season. It is aired every Sunday at TVN. Each episode focuses on Martyna traveling to a different country where she meets a new woman. Along with introducing the story of the main character, the audience gets the big picture of the hosting country and women’s status in there. The series covers feminine points of view but occasionally episodes will feature male characters. Every episode brings out social issues from within the hosting country, among them: sexism, violence, poverty, animal cruelty, human trafficking, work ethics, and human rights. Among many characters, it has featured: The smallest woman in the world Jyoti Amage, Colombian female wrestler, The student of Shaolin School, Geisha from Kyoto, Long Necks Tribe from Myanmar,The female sapper, Hippopotamus Mum, The female pilot from Tanzania or Fa’afafine of Samoa.

''The ghost people'' Documentary[edit]

In 2015, one of the episodes of Woman at the edge of the world,was made into a longer documentary film, directed by Wojciechowska and Marek Kłosowicz ‘The Ghost People’ (‘Ludzie duchy’) won Golden Nymph Award in the category: Current Affairs Documentary.[5]

It tells the story of albino children in Tanzania who are being hunted for their limbs, which are believed to have magical healing powers. Main character ,17-year-old Kabula, lost her arm, which was cut off by anonymous attackers. Wojciechowska created the special charity ‘Between heaven and earth’ (‘Miedzy niebem,a ziemia’) which collected around 100 thousand zloty to help Kabula make her dream of becoming a lawyer true.[6]

Seven Summits[edit]

In August 2002 she began her expedition to climb seven tallest mountains on Earth,[7] starting with Mont Blanc. On January 22, 2010 she summited her last mountain Mount Carstensz becoming the third Polish woman to achieve that and the second to do it in Reinhold Messner way. Her expedition was featured in the 55 minutes long documentary Korona Ziemi (The crown of Earth) and two books Przesunąć horyzont (Move the Horizon) and Misja Everest (Mission Everest).

In 2004 while filming on of her programmes ‘Mission Martyna’ in Iceland she had a serious car accident in which her friend and camera man Rafał Łukaszewicz died and Wojciechowska broke her spine.[8] She promised herself she would get better and after long therapy in May 2006 she climbed Mount Everest. This whole story was described in her book Przesunąć horyzont (Move the Horizon)

In 2007 while summiting Elbrus she was 3 months pregnant.[9] When her daughter was 8 months old she decided to go to Antarctica to summit the highest local mountain Vinson Massif. At the 4000 meters high the whole expedition got surprised by a strong snowstorm, which completely destroyed Wojciechowska’s tent. For dozens of hours, the group was trapped in their tents with temperature around minus 30 degrees and no food.[10] After that many tabloids criticized Wojciechowska for being irresponsible mother who left her little daughter alone and risk her life too much.[11]

Mountains summited

Personal life[edit]

She has a daughter Maria (born 17 April 2008). Maria’s father famous Polish scuba diver Jerzy Blaszczyk, who was separated from Martyna at the time, passed away in 2016.[12] In 2015 many rumors grew around Wojciechowska’s possible health problems. She lost around 20 kg and media started suspecting a tropical disease. Wojciechowska wrote an official public statement in which she asked media to respect her privacy.[13] She did not name the sickness, but denied the rumors claiming that it was malaria.[14]

In September 2016 on her official facebook page she mentioned that she had had a serious motorcycle accident[15] in which she ended up with a broken collarbone. Week later she was back at the set of ‘Woman at the edge of the world’ which caused her further health complications and she had to have another operation. The new season had to be postponed.[16] In October 2016 Wojciechowska announced that TVN is going to run half of the season, using all the episodes she managed to record before the accident.[17]

Sports career[edit]

Wojciechowska is a licensed racing driver since she was 17. In 2002, she took part in Paris – Dakar Rally and finished it as the first Polish woman and the woman from Middle- Eastern Europe.[18] She is also a licensed diver and a big fan of mountaineering.

Bibliography[edit]

Filmography[edit]

  • 2002: Jak to się robi z dziewczynami (How To Do It With Girls): as journalist
  • 2005: Anioł Stróż (Guardian Angel) (TV series): as teacher
  • 2006: Auta (Cars) (voice role): as reporter Turbicka

Awards[edit]

  • 2009: Róże Gali Plebiscyt (The Beautiful Web-Roses (Gala Magazine) [19]
  • 2010: Woman of the Year 2009 award from the magazine Twój Styl (Your Style)[20]
  • 2010: MediaTory – Studenckie Nagrody Dziennikarskie w kategorii AkumulaTOR'[21]
  • 2011: Nagroda Bursztynowego Motyla im. Arkadego Fiedlera za książkę „Kobieta na krańcu świata 2”
  • 2011: Osobowość Roku w kategorii "Media"2011: Złota Kropa Onetu w kategorii “Największa kobieca osobowość popkultury”[22]
  • 2013: Bestseller Empiku w kategorii koncept multibranżowy za serię "Zwierzaki świata"[23]
  • 2014: National Geographic Internetional Media Conference 2014, nagroda za najlepszy projekt książkowy za serię “Dzieciaki świata” i “Zwierzaki świata”[24]
  • 2015: Wiktory 2014 w kategorii Wyjątkowa Osobowość Roku[25]
  • 2015: Złota Nimfa na festiwalu filmowym w Monte Carlo za dokument "Ludzie Duchy"[26]
  • 2015: Nagroda ReformaTOR w plebiscycie MediaTory za dokument "Ludzie Duchy"[27]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Biography on www.martynawojciechowska.pl
  2. ^ "Martyna Wojciechowska zdobyła Koronę Ziemi". gazetapl (in Polish). Retrieved 2016-12-08. 
  3. ^ "Kontakt". www.national-geographic.pl. Retrieved 2016-12-08. 
  4. ^ "Ekipa "Kobiety na krańcu świata"". nakrancuswiata.tvn.pl. Retrieved 2016-12-08. 
  5. ^ "Międzynarodowy sukces Martyny Wojciechowskiej. Film "Ludzie duchy" nagrodzony na festiwalu w Monte Carlo". Onet Wiadomości (in Polish). 2015-06-18. Retrieved 2016-12-08. 
  6. ^ iThemesLab. "Fundacja Między Niebem a Ziemią". www.miedzyniebemaziemia.pl. Retrieved 2016-12-08. 
  7. ^ "Martyna Wojciechowska z Koroną Ziemi - więcej informacji - Goryonline.com". www.goryonline.com. Retrieved 2016-12-08. 
  8. ^ Fakt.pl (2016-03-18). "Wojciechowska zamyka bolesne wspomnienie. Śmierć przyjaciela" (in Polish). Retrieved 2016-12-08. 
  9. ^ ""Moje dziecko zdobyło szczyt w wieku minus 6 miesięcy". Wywiad z Martyną Wojciechowską". MamaDu.pl. Retrieved 2016-12-08. 
  10. ^ "Martyna wygrała z Antarktydą". TVN24.pl. Retrieved 2016-12-08. 
  11. ^ o.o., http sp. z (2009-01-07). "Wojciechowska PRZEŻYŁA!". pudelek.pl (in Polish). Retrieved 2016-12-08. 
  12. ^ "Zmarł Jerzy Błaszczyk. Były partner i ojciec dziecka Martyny Wojciechowskiej". Jastrząb Post (in Polish). 2016-02-27. Retrieved 2016-12-08. 
  13. ^ "Martyna Wojciechowska wydała oświadczenie. Jest poważnie chora". Onet Plejada.pl (in Polish). 2015-11-21. Retrieved 2016-12-08. 
  14. ^ Fakt.pl (2016-03-23). "Na co chora jest Martyna Wojciechowska?" (in Polish). Retrieved 2016-12-08. 
  15. ^ "Martyna Wojciechowska pierwszy raz o wypadku. Pokazuje, jak wygląda po operacji. '21 szwów. Miałam dużo szczęścia'". plotek.pl (in Polish). Retrieved 2016-12-08. 
  16. ^ "Martyna Wojciechowska pierwszy raz o wypadku. Pokazuje, jak wygląda po operacji. '21 szwów. Miałam dużo szczęścia'". plotek.pl (in Polish). Retrieved 2016-12-08. 
  17. ^ ""Kobieta na krańcu świata" w telewizji od połowy października". "Kobieta na krańcu świata" w telewizji od połowy października. Retrieved 2016-12-08. 
  18. ^ "Rajd Paryż-Dakar". plotekpl (in Polish). Retrieved 2016-12-08. 
  19. ^ Gala.pl
  20. ^ "Martyna Wojciechowska "Kobietą Roku 2009"!". Onet Plejada.pl (in Polish). 2010-03-10. Retrieved 2016-12-08. 
  21. ^ "Wręczono studenckie nagrody MediaTory 2010 - triumf TVN". Retrieved 2016-12-08. 
  22. ^ Itaka, Biuro Podróży. "Osobowości i Sukcesy Roku 2011 | ITAKA". www.itaka.pl. Retrieved 2016-12-08. 
  23. ^ "Bestsellery Empiku 2013 rozdane! - Aktualności - empik.com". www.empik.com. Retrieved 2016-12-08. 
  24. ^ NG, Redakcja. "National Geographic Polska obsypany nagrodami!". www.national-geographic.pl. Retrieved 2016-12-08. 
  25. ^ Adamska, Karolina. "Wiktory 2015: Nagrody zostały wręczone". Wiktory 2015: Nagrody zostały wręczone - Wiadomości. Retrieved 2016-12-08. 
  26. ^ "Międzynarodowy sukces Martyny Wojciechowskiej!". nakrancuswiata.tvn.pl. Retrieved 2016-12-08. 
  27. ^ "MediaTORy 2015 – wśród nagrodzonych Martyna Wojciechowska, Dorota Wellman i Adam Michnik". 2015-11-30. Retrieved 2016-12-08.