Over Ivo

Ivo van Woerden
(Investigative) Journalist and Writer
Ivo van Woerden (1979) is a Dutch journalist who has written for many Dutch national publications such as Vrij Nederland, HP/De Tijd, NRC and de Volkskrant. His articles have also been published in Belgium (Humo, De Morgen) and Germany (Stern, Suddeutsche Zeitung). He wrote four books: Undercover in de Ouderenzorg (2011), an undercover investigation into elderly homes, Het drama van Alphen (2013), a reconstruction of the first Columbine-inspired shooting spree in the Netherlands, Op zoek naar mijn Frankrijk (2017), the personal story of Wilfred de Bruijn and his experiences in his new home country France and The great Marc Evers (2017), the remarkable story of a swim champion who nobody expected to be able to make anything of his life because of his disabilities, but was uplifted by his parents unlimited efforts.
Experience
Freelance (Investigative) Journalist and Writer
July 2011 - present
Books, reports, interviews, documentaries and investigations
HP/De Tijd
June 2010 - July 2012
Reporter at weekly newsmagazine
Freelance reporter
August 2008 - June 2010
for multiple Dutch and Belgian print media
Freelance reporter
May - August 2008
working from South Africa for multiple Dutch print media
Reporter
April 2007 - May 2008
DAG, Dutch daily free newspaper
Nurse
2002 - 2007
Erasmus Medical Center Rotterdam, multiple wards
Grants, Awards and Nominations
Fonds Bijzondere Journalistieke Projecten
2016
Working grant for article 'De fatale zeiltocht van Dieter Visser'
Gouden Freelancer Award 2015
2015
Award for 'The Great Marc Evers', named as the best freelance journalist production in the Netherlands
Fonds Bijzondere Journalistieke Projecten
2015
Grant for 'The Great Marc Evers'
World Press Institute at St. Pauls University, Minnesota.
2014
Fellowship
Journalismfund.eu
2013
Working grant - The E-Cigarette Lobby
Fonds Bijzondere Journalistieke Projecten
2013
Working Grant - Investigation into the Tobacco Lobby
Stichting Democratie en Media
2013
Working Grant - Investigation into the Tobacco Lobby
De Tegel (National Journalism Awards)
2011
Nominated for best background story for undercover operation in Dutch elderly care.
Nominated stories can be read here and here.
Education
School voor Journalistiek, Instituut voor Media, Hogeschool Utrecht
2004-2007
Bachelor Journalism
Rhodes University, South Africa
2006
Minors Journalism & Media, African History, Sociology
Hogeschool Rotterdam
1998-2002
Bachelor Nursing
ISW Westlandcollege
1992-1998
VWO atheneum
Languages
Dutch
Fluent
English
Fluent
French
Understanding
German
Understanding