Basia Bonkowski is one of three children born to Polish immigrants. She grew up in Adelaide and studied Law at the University of Adelaide before transferring to Flinders University where she majored in English Literature and Drama. She moved to Sydney and joined SBS Television as a subtitler. Soon invited to be an on-air presenter, Basia enjoyed a highly successful career both on-air and behind-the-scenes as a writer and producer. She later worked for Channel Ten and the Seven Network as a presenter and journalist. Basia released Jesse's World, a book about overseas adoption, in 2005 and completed a Master of Letters at the University of Sydney in 2006. She is currently working as a television producer and lives in Sydney with her husband and two children.