John Burke began studying art and design in college in his native Galway but decided it wasn't the career for him. He went on to spend stints as a chef, farm worker, security guard, and shop front painter, before returning to college in his early 20s to study journalism at Dublin City University.
John worked for 12 years in two of the country's leading national newspapers. He was Crime Correspondent for the Sunday Tribune newspaper and later Public Affairs Correspondent for the Sunday Business Post, before joining RTÉ as a news reporter in 2013.
He won several awards for investigative news stories broken on the RTÉ's This Week radio programme, before becoming This Week editor in 2018. He was appointed Series Editor of Morning Ireland, News at One and This Week in 2020.
John briefly played under-age gaelic football with Galway, and now enjoys juvenile GAA coaching with his local club.
While working as a newspaper correspondent, he co-wrote a best-selling book on homicide rates in Ireland (HOMICIDE: Murders and Manslaughter in 21st Century Ireland) and was also, for several years, a cartoonist with the Sunday Mirror newspaper.