Nastasya has reported from more than twenty countries across four continents, for publications and broadcasters including the UK’s Guardian and Observer, The Independent, The Sydney Morning Herald & The Age, National Public Radio and Public Radio International in the US, various branches of the BBC, ITV, Nine Network Australia, Network 10, RTE in Ireland, eNews Channel Africa and every major South African newspaper. Her work with Eyewitness News - the news arm of South Africa’s largest commercial radio broadcaster - was nominated in 2011 for the country’s most highly regarded long-form radio documentary award.
Born in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and raised in Western Australia, she read Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE) at the University of Oxford, and Politics and Regional Studies at the School of Oriental & African Studies (SOAS) in London. Nastasya has also lived in Tanzania, Denmark, Kenya and Johannesburg, where she was based in Southern Africa, for 9 years.
After beginning her career in the field of international development and policy - including postings with the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda in Tanzania and in Aceh, Indonesia, evaluating the aftermath of the 2004 tsunami - she worked for various think tanks and non-governmental organisations, from international advocacy group Human Rights Watch to the UK’s Royal African Society, for nearly 8 years. In 2010, she left one of Africa’s leading HIV/AIDS organisations in Johannesburg’s inner city for a life of journalism.
Since then, she has covered famine and political rebirth in Somalia, deadly food riots in Mozambique, the rhino horn trade in Vietnam, pro-democracy protests in Swaziland, refugee crises in South Sudan, corruption in South Africa’s political ranks, the plight of Zimbabwe’s migrants, UN climate change talks in Cancun, Durban, Doha and Paris, cyclones in the South Pacific, and been very ill embedded on a Greenpeace boat.
Nastasya was part of the Associated Press team that covered Nelson Mandela’s hospitalisation and passing, and the BBC team for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, as well as reporting from the courtroom of the Oscar Pistorius murder trial for numerous outlets.
She is passionate about long-form narrative; tracking the life of the fugitive White Widow for BBC One, and delving into the life of Oscar Pistorius for NBC’s Dateline. In 2015, she spent several months living in the small Icelandic fishing village of Olafsfjordur on an artists’ residency for an art-documentary project about life in the mid-winter dark.
Nastasya is a former fellow of the International Women’s Media Foundation, and served for 5 years on the Board of the Foreign Correspondents' Association of Southern Africa.