John Cooke

John Cooke has a passion for people, places and powerful stories. A proud family man originally from County Roscommon, but living in Clare, John has covered breaking news and remarkable human stories from every corner of Ireland since joining the RTE Radio 1 Team in 2015, after more than a decade in local radio including Clare FM and North West Radio in Sligo.

Reporting extensively on issues like homelessness, the plight of Syrian refugees and Asylum seekers, and the challenges facing our rural towns and villages, John is a multi-award winning Presenter and Reporter having won numerous PPI Radio Awards in the Best News Story and Speech Broadcaster categories. He’s also a two time New York Radio Awards Winner, and has received numerous accolades for Court Reporting at the Justice Media Awards, Health Matters at the Irish Medical Media Awards, and has also been honoured for coverage of Road Safety and Driving Laws on the Drivetime programme. John has also presented programmes like Countrywide, The Late Debate and Today with Sean O’Rourke on RTE Radio 1.


Growing Up In Homelessness Series

Episode One

Drivetime's John Cooke speaks to a family about what it is like to like to live in a homeless hub, and John O'Haire, Services Manager in Focus Ireland, talks to Mary about the standard of homeless hubs.

Episode 2

Drivetime's John Cooke speaks to a family living in a homeless hub, and Dr Niall Muldoon, Ombudsman for Children, talks to Mary about the mental trauma being suffered by children who are growing up in homelessness.

Episode 3

Drivetime's John Cooke speaks to a couple living in a homeless hub about the impact homelessness has had on their children, and Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy and Pat Doyle, CEO Peter McVerry Trust, speak to Mary about the homeless crisis.



Kerry Wind farms

Drivetime's John Cooke visits controversial wind farms in Co. Kerry and speaks to a concerned resident in North Kerry who is calling for greater emphasis on the human impact of wind farms. And Grattan Healy, Chairman of the Irish Wind Farmers Association, speaks to Mary about the benefit of wind farms.


Closure of the Rosalie Unit

Drivetime's John Cooke reports on the closure of the Rosalie Unit, a psychiatric facility in Co. Roscommon, and Mary speaks to Jim Daly, Minister for Mental Health & Older People, about local opposition to the closure of the unit.


Morning-After Effect - Day One

Drivetime's John Cooke begins a series of reports on the introduction of tougher drink driving penalties.


Morning-After Effect - Day Two

Drivetime's John Cooke continues his series of reports on the introduction of tougher drink driving penalties and the reaction to the penalties in rural Ireland.


Morning-After Effect - Day Three

Shane Ross, Minister for Transport, Tourism, and Sport, responds to John Cooke's series of reports on the introduction of tougher drink driving penalties and the reaction to the penalties in rural Ireland. Padraig Cribben, Chief Executive of the Vintners Federation of Ireland, discusses VFI's new campaign to prevent drink driving.

Programme Highlights

Dominic Cummings Profile

Anushka Asthana, Host of the Today in Focus, Guardian podcast, talks about Dominic Cumming's personality and political strategy.

Yoko Ono and John Lennon in 1969

Kate O'Malley, Historian at the Royal Irish Academy, talks to Mary about Yoko Ono and John Lennon's political legacy.

Defective Apartments

Drivetime's Barry Lenihan on reports of defective apartments in Dublin, Kildare and Clare.

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