I am a Danish journalist and filmmaker who has produced stories from around the world for TV, newspapers and radio.
Currently I am doing documentaries at the investigative unit at DR, the Danish Broadcasting Corporation. Previously, I was a staff reporter in an investigative unit at Danish TV2, and have also worked at the Danish newspaper Politiken and at Center For Investigative Reporting in the US. I have worked for International Media Support during the referendum for independence in South Sudan, and have been arrested by the Moroccan secret service, after doing a critical documentary.
I was born in 1977, live in Copenhagen, and have studied at The Danish School of Journalism and a little at UC Berkeley in California. I sit on the board of The Danish Association for Investigative Journalism and received the Danish TV Award for The Best Innovative Feature Program in 2013. In 2012 I received the prestigious Kristian Dahl Mindelegat award for a documentary and in 2007, I received the Steen Baadsgaard Award with the following words from the chairman of the jury Christian Nissen (former CEO of Danish Broadcasting Corporation):
"Mads Ellesøe is a journalist who can take on both the fine details and the big perspective. Both the compassionate portrait and the big revelation. A journalist who can tell a good story, as well as pursue his sources in the driest desert sand where most others would give up".
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