HELEN VATSIKOPOULOS, a Walkley Award-winning television reporter and presenter who has covered stories from Sri Lanka to Mexico and Malaysia to Israel in the past 27 years, is now telling her own story.
Vatsikopoulos is making a career change from journalism to academia to write a memoir that will delve into family tales of fratricide, love and heroism during the 1946-49 Greek Civil War.
"I've spent my whole career telling other people's stories," she says. "And I knew the story was there in my family but my parents never wanted to talk about it. Once I started asking questions, I realised their story was just as good as the ones I'd been reporting on."
"Basically, my father's side of the family supported the left and my mother's side the right."
But Vatsikopoulos isn't just sitting down to write her book alone. In 2009, she enrolled in a master by research course at the University of Technology, Sydney, which gives her feedback from UTS academics specialising in creative writing, European politics and history.