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Adele Marilyn Horin (25 January 1951 – 21 November 2015)[1] was an Australian journalist. She retired in 2012 as a columnist and journalist for The Sydney Morning Herald.[2] A prolific and polarising writer on social issues,[3] she was described as "the paper's resident feminist".[4]

Adele Horin
BornAdele Marilyn Horin
(1951-01-25)25 January 1951
Perth, Western Australia
Died21 November 2015(2015-11-21) (aged 64)
Sydney, New South Wales
OccupationJournalist and columnist
EducationApplecross Senior High School
Alma materUniversity of Western Australia
Notable awardsWalkley Award (1981)


Life and careerEdit

Early lifeEdit

Born at St Anne's Hospital, Mt Lawley in 1951, Horin grew up in Applecross, Western Australia, a suburb of Perth.[5][6] Educated at Applecross Primary School and Applecross Senior High School, she began her journalistic career as a cadet at The West Australian newspaper, while earning a Bachelor of Arts degree part-time at the University of Western Australia.[7]


Horin worked as a correspondent in New York, initially for The Australian Women's Weekly and Cleo magazines, and then for The Sydney Morning Herald.[7] She later worked in Washington, New York and London covering politics, society and economics for The National Times newspaper, considered in its day to be a pioneering exponent of investigative and social issues journalism.[8] In Australia, after a period with the ABC Radio National Life Matters programme she joined The Sydney Morning Herald.[7] She had a Saturday column on the paper's Comment page. Normally taking a left wing view point, Horin's writing usually dealt with social issues.[3]

In 2010 Stephanie Brown's portrait of Adele Horin was selected for the Archibald Prize Salon des Refusés.[9]

In her column on 25 August 2012, Horin announced her retirement from The Sydney Morning Herald "not to spend the day in a dressing gown but to think, write, participate, and to engage with my generation in a different way".[2]


On 15 November 2015, Horin announced via her blog the return of lung cancer, which had been treated aggressively the year before. She indicated she was too unwell to continue to write.[10] She died on 21 November 2015, aged 64.[11]


  • 1981 - Received a Walkley Award (Print) for Best Feature in a Newspaper or Magazine, at The National Times, Sydney, for a series of articles about sex in Australia.[7] She was a Walkley Award finalist again in 1996[12] and 2008.[13]
  • 1991 - Won the Australian Human Rights Commission Metropolitan Newspapers Award for her weekly column My Generation.[14]
  • 1999 - Was a finalist for Strewth! magazine's Earnest Bastard of the Year Award.[15]
  • 2011 - Received an Australian Human Rights Commission media award for Sad truth behind closed doors, a series of stories on abuse and neglect of people with disability living in licensed boarding houses.[16][17]


  1. ^ "Death Notice: Adele HORIN". The Sydney Morning Herald. 24 November 2015. Archived from the original on 29 February 2016. Retrieved 24 November 2015.
  2. ^ a b Horin, Adele (25 August 2012). "For richer and poorer, the battle goes on". The Sydney Morning Herald. Fairfax Media. Archived from the original on 1 December 2012. Retrieved 22 November 2015.
  3. ^ a b Henningham, Nikki (20 October 2008). "Horin, Adele". The Australian Women's Register. The National Foundation for Australian Women. Retrieved 22 November 2015.
  4. ^ Glover, Richard (2005). Desperate Husbands. Pymble, N.S.W.: HarperCollins. ISBN 978-0732282509.
  5. ^ "Family Notices". The West Australian. Perth, WA. 27 January 1951. p. 35. Retrieved 8 October 2016.
  6. ^ Spender (ed.), Dale (1981). Heroines. Ringwood, Vic.: Penguin. ISBN 0140146970.CS1 maint: Extra text: authors list (link)
  7. ^ a b c d "Do newspapers have a future and who cares?" (PDF). Newsletter – Jessie Street National Women's Library. 20 (28): 1. May 2009. Archived from the original (PDF) on 5 March 2016. Retrieved 22 November 2015.
  8. ^ Horin, Adele (27 April 2010). "Graduation address – Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences". UTS occasional address. University of Technology, Sydney. Archived from the original on 21 March 2012. Retrieved 22 November 2015.
  9. ^ Brown, Stephanie (19 March 2010). "Portrait of Adele Horin selected for 2010 Salon des Refusés". Stephanie Brown. Archived from the original on 5 February 2014.
  10. ^ Horin, Adele (15 November 2015), "Dear reader - my luck has run out",, archived from the original on 28 May 2016, retrieved 22 November 2015
  11. ^ Gardiner, Stephanie (22 November 2015). "Writer Adele Horin dies after battling cancer". The Age. Fairfax Media. Archived from the original on 25 December 2015.
  12. ^ Horin, Adele (25–27 September 1996). "The Lost Children". The Sydney Morning Herald.
  13. ^ Horin, Adele; Jopson, Debra (10 December 2007). "Millions lost in fierce legal war on the poor". The Sydney Morning Herald. Fairfax Media. Archived from the original on 9 July 2016. Retrieved 2 April 2012.
  14. ^ "1991 Human Rights Medal and Awards Winners". Australian Human Rights Commission. 24 November 1991. Archived from the original on 29 August 2012. Retrieved 2 April 2012.
  15. ^ "Australia's Most Earnest". Workers Online (27). 20 August 1999. Archived from the original on 7 March 2016.
  16. ^ "Human Rights Awards 2011". Australian Human Rights Commission. 9 December 2011. Archived from the original on 29 May 2012. Retrieved 2 April 2012.
  17. ^ Horin, Adele (23 July 2011). "Sad truth behind closed doors". The Sydney Morning Herald. Fairfax Media. Archived from the original on 26 July 2011.

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