Australian freelance journalist currently based in Tokyo, Japan
14 years of experience writing for online and print media
Specialities include politics, education, the environment and health
Political correspondent, Guardian Australia
CANBERRA, Australia, November 2013 to February 2016
As political correspondent, I filed reports on major breaking stories in national affairs while contributing analysis and feature articles. This included in-depth coverage of a proposed overhaul of the university sector, leading to a commendation in the 2015 National Press Club/Universities Australia Higher Education Media Awards for reporting/commentary on policy implications. I also reported on other contentious budget cuts; the G20 summit in Brisbane; a series of changes to terrorism laws; and leadership tensions within the Coalition government that culminated in Malcolm Turnbull ousting Tony Abbott as prime minister.
Federal political reporter, Fairfax Media
CANBERRA, Australia, January 2013 to November 2013
I covered education, employment and workplace relations while working in Fairfax Media's Parliament House bureau in the lead-up to, and aftermath, of the 2013 election. It was a tumultuous year in Australian politics, with the country's first female prime minister, Julia Gillard, being removed from the leadership by her predecessor, Kevin Rudd, who subsequently led the Labor party to electoral defeat. I broke a series of stories about the Gonski education reforms, which were aimed at ensuring funding flowed to the most needy schools. I also reported on a workplace bullying crackdown, an overhaul of the superannuation system, and parliamentary expenses scandals. The stories were published by Fairfax's metropolitan publications including The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, The Canberra Times, brisbanetimes.com.au and WAtoday.com.au.
BRISBANE, Australia, February 2009 to December 2012
I reported health, business and general news for Fairfax Media's brisbanetimes.com.au before taking on the specific role of state political reporter. This included covering the 2009 and 2012 Queensland state election campaigns; conducting video interviews with the premier and opposition leader to scrutinise their proposals; and launching a "spin check" series to debunk politicians' claims. I received the Queensland Child Protection Week 2012 media and communications award for coverage of child safety job cuts and foster care issues.
Tutor, Queensland University of Technology
BRISBANE, Australia, Semester 2, 2011
Each week I taught two tutorial classes as part of QUT's online journalism unit in the second half of 2011. The topics included covering developing stories, live-blogging news events, and using social media. In 2012, I was invited back to the university to present a guest lecture on live-blogging.
Journalist, The Redland Times/Bayside Bulletin
REDLANDS, Australia, mid-2005 to February 2009
I reported on a wide range of local issues - including urban affairs, housing development, environmental protection, tourism, the drought, youth violence, and council news - for the twice-weekly newspapers The Redland Times and Bayside Bulletin, other related publications, and the website. My employment at the papers began with casual shifts and then a full-time cadetship, which I juggled with my final university studies.
Queensland University of Technology, Australia, 2007 – Bachelor of Journalism (awarded with distinction)
Redlands College, Australia, 2004 – Queensland Certificate of Education
Coto Academy, Japan, March 2016 to July 2016 – Intensive Japanese course; July 2018 to June 2019 – Japanese classes
The Spanish Cat, Australia, 2010, 2012 – Spanish classes