Matthew Backhouse is an NZME. News Service filing editor and nzherald.co.nz online news editor. He cut his teeth in student media as the co-editor of Auckland University student magazine Craccum before studying journalism at Massey University. He has worked as a general and political reporter for the New Zealand Press Association, and more recently as a reporter for the APNZ (now NZME.) News Service in Wellington. He lives in Auckland with his partner and son.