Zvezdana Vukojevic

In February 2017 investigative journalist Zvezdana Vukojevic and her husband, science writer Jop de Vrieze, were awarded the AAAS Kavli Science Journalism Gold Award for the heartbreaking story about the stillbirth of their son, Mikki. Nancy Shute, a health and medicine reporter for NPR, said the story by de Vrieze and Vukojevic led them to an understanding of “why science doesn’t always drive health care.” Christina Horsten, a correspondent for Deutsche Presse-Agentur ─ a German news agency ─ called the piece a “beautiful, gut-wrenching and deeply touching piece of writing that highlights a very important issue.”

Together with Eldin Hadzovic she wrote two pieces about a mass grave that was dug by Dutch soldiers in Srebrenica in 1995, the victims buried in it and the exhumation years later.

Vukojevic was the first reporter that got permission from the ICTY to interview war crimes suspect Radovan Karadzic (who is being tried for mass murder and genocide) from his cell in Scheveningen. A year before she interviewed his wife and daughter in Pale, Bosnia. This story was nominated for a Mercur, a Dutch magazine award in the category ‘Best feature of 2008’.

In 2006 she wrote the book ‘The Natalee Holloway’ case from the perspective of the main suspect Joran van der Sloot. The book was written based on interviews with Van der Sloot, the dossier and his diary. He was never tried due to a lack of evidence. Natalee Holloway’s body has not been found.
Five years later Van der Sloot was convicted for murdering Stephany Flores in Lima, Peru. Flores was found beaten to death in his hotelroom.

Specialties: Undercover reporting. She posed as a warden in a Dutch prison where students without proper training guarded foreign drug offenders. She bought an illegal handgun. Vukojevic also worked undercover for BBC Panorama in a Dutch poultry processing plant whilst filming with hidden cameras.

4 article(s) from Zvezdana Vukojevic

After the stillbirth of their son, journalists Jop de Vrieze and Zvezdana Vukojevic are in search of answers within the Dutch system of natal care. Gynecologist: ”Could we have saved him? Maybe, yes.” In a heartbreaking story about the stillbirth of their son, Mikki, journalists Jop de Vrieze and Zvezdana Vukojevic searched for answers within the Dutch system of prenatal care that might have helped prevent their son’s death. They delved into scientific articles, medical guidelines, policy documents, parliamentary papers and internal documents, and spoke to more than 30 sources.

Exactly 22 years ago Hava Muhic gave birth to a stillborn baby girl during the fall of Srebrenica in 1995. She was placed in a mass grave by Dutch U.N. soldiers. After a lengthy court battle the Dutchbatters return to Bosnia to help the Bosnian authorities with their search for the grave: ‘Is it true? They found a baby?’

During the fall of Srebrenica in 1995, the bodies of at least five adults and two babies were laid in a large ditch, somewhere on the base of the Dutch Battalion of UN peacekeepers — known as “Dutchbat”. Where exactly, no one knows any more. Survivors and former soldiers are now demanding an explanation from the Dutch State. Journalists Eldin Hadzovic and Zvezdana Vukojevic travelled to Srebrenica and searched archives and witnesses to find answers.

During the fall of Srebrenica in 1995, the bodies of at least five adults and two babies were laid in a large ditch, somewhere on the base of the Dutch Battalion of UN peacekeepers — known as “Dutchbat”. Where exactly, no one knows any more. Survivors and former soldiers are now demanding an explanation from the Dutch State. Journalists Eldin Hadzovic and Zvezdana Vukojevic searched in archives and interviewed witnesses to find answers.