About Ann Törnkvist

Reporter and non-fiction novelist Ann Törnkvist has a decade's experience in print, photo and radio. She speaks fluent Swedish, English and French.


Stockholm-based reporter and true crime author. 2006 alumna of Columbia Journalism School. Clients include the BBC and Al Jazeera and Swedish media.



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Type of work

Breaking news, features, phone-ins, op-eds, fixing, documentary photography, radio pieces, lifestyle and trend features. I write in Swedish and English, plus work in French.


Vad krävs för att en knarkbaron ska byta bana?

Man skönmålar ju på något sätt och tänker att jag säljer ju amfetamin,
det är inte beroendeframkallande. 
Det är ju inte heroin, det dödar inte.

Sa till mig själv, när frugan blir gravid då lägger jag ned! Jag lade inte ned.
När barnet kommer då lägger jag av! Min dotter kom och jag lade inte av.

Jag visste inte ens att jag var efterlyst.

SvD-prenumeranter kan läsa hela artikeln här.


The murder of a witness that sparked political debate about witness protection

British true-crime magazine Foul Play (order your copy online here):

Residents of a sleepy Stockholm suburb were shocked and baffled by a triple murder last year. The suspects are young and without priors, yet it’s not so much who they are but what they did that has caught Sweden’s attention - killing a murder witness in broad daylight in front of the police.

"If you hang out with bad people, bad things happen."


Joan Didion

I write entirely to find out what I’m thinking, what I’m looking at, what I see and what it means. What I want and what I fear.



Crime reporting for Swedish public service radio


Dödsskjutningar i Stockholm närmar sig Malmös nivå

Det har aldrig funnits så många vapen i Stockholm som nu. Det är bara att fråga efter en femma hasch och ett vapen på torget.

// Rise in fatal gun violence edges Stockholm closer to Malmö levels //

Tiofaldig illegal import av potentiellt livsfarligt kodein

Han andades tungt när vi gick, vår bror var död när vi kom tillbaks … Han var en stor, stark kille men de här tabletterna kan döda vem som helst.”

// Tenfold increase in illegal import of life-threatening codeine //

Gängens lättkränkthet ökar risken för fler skjutningar

När jag var ung gjorde vi upp i skogen, idag skjuter man. De yngre sover dåligt om nätterna, det har svårt att sova på kudden; backar du är du slut som artist. 

// Today’s gangs are quick to take offence, increasing the risk of further shootings //


How Sweden’s ”most wanted” terrorist brought a town together with a party

Al Jazeera - When an Iraqi asylum seeker was wrongly accused of plotting a terror attack and let go, he and his friends decided to host a party for his neighbours to dispel fear.

"We wanted to apologise for all the hassle and attention my arrest caused."


From the archive: Uranium mining splits Swedish villagers over jobs versus the environment

Christian Science Monitor – An open-cast uranium mine could offer work in a Swedish village that is steadily losing its young to the job opportunities of the cities. It could also damage the pristine highland environment and the tourism-dependent local economy.

"Prospectors were welcomed with a shotgun."


Women athletes get raw deal in ‘feminist Sweden’

Al Jazeera - Volleyball star Aida "Monster Blocker" Rejzovic may play in Sweden's top league, but she gets no money for doing so. That's symptomatic of women and "women's sports" receiving less support, fewer sponsorships and trainings scheduled at unsociable hours, say sports experts.

"My colleagues ask me why I need a day job when I'm an elite athlete."


”Svetlana tells the truth”

The National (UAE) - Nobel literature prize winner Svetlana Alexievich will follow in the footsteps of previous laureates by making a detour from the glamourous ceremonies to meet the children of Rinkeby, one of Sweden’s most diverse neighbourhoods.

“Svetlana tells the truth when the government tries to hide it.”.


How Sweden’s coping with refugee influx

NPR - Here & Now's Jeremy Hobson talks with reporter Ann Törnkvist in Stockholm, Sweden, and reporter Theresa Tropper in Berlin, Germany, about how their countries are coping with the ongoing influx of people seeking asylum (November 2015).


Från arkivet: Bröllopsfotografen från Basra

Fotografisk tidskrift (2010) Han drev en av Basras främsta fotostudios, sedan kom kriget och i dess kölvatten islamisterna som hatade att Omar och hans fru gift sig över shia-sunnigränsen. Sedan kom dödshotet och flykten till Sverige.

"Om din dotter inte sätter på sig huvudduk halshugger vi henne nästa gång."


Trend report
Pink packs a punch

Refuel Magazine
How did one colour take over the world?