Jo Chandler is an award-winning freelance journalist, author, editor and educator. Her focus is on explanatory, boots-on-the-ground reporting across a diverse range of topics: science; environment; health; human rights; women’s and children’s issues; aid and development. She has filed from assignments across Africa, remote Australia, Antarctica, Afghanistan and, frequently over the past decade, Papua New Guinea. She has earned numerous distinctions for her storytelling, including Walkley and Quill awards, the Bragg Prize for Science Writing, the George Munster Award for Independent Journalism and the ACFID Media Award. Formerly a long-time senior staffer at The Age, her work has featured in The Monthly, The Guardian, ABC Radio National, Good Weekend, The Sydney Morning Herald, Cosmos, The Weekend Australian Magazine, Griffith Review, New Scientist, The Global Mail (vale), BBC.co and Undark, amongst others. She is an Honorary Fellow of the Deakin University Contemporary Histories Group, a journalism lecturer at the University of Melbourne and Monash Universities, the editor of Best Australian Science Writing 2016 (NewSouth), and author of “Feeling The Heat” (Dispatches from the Climate Front Line – MUP).
Trent Dalton, writer, The Weekend Australian Magazine
Trent Dalton writes for the award-winning The Weekend Australian Magazine. A former assistant editor of The Courier-Mail, he has twice won a Walkley Award for excellence in journalism, been a four-time winner of the national News Awards Feature Journalist of the Year Award, and was named Queensland Journalist of the Year at the 2011 Clarion Awards for excellence in Queensland media. His journalism has twice been nominated for a United Nations of Australia Media Peace Award. In 2016, 2014 and 2013, he was named NSW features journalist of the year at the annual Kennedy Awards.
Michelle Duff, freelance journalist and columnist, Stuff.co.nz (NZ)
Michelle Duff is a freelance journalist and weekly columnist for Stuff.co.nz, New Zealand's most-read news website. She writes for newspapers, magazines and websites from Australasia to the United States, including the Sunday-Star Times, Fairfax's Your Weekend magazine, The New Zealand Herald, The Listener, and Vice's women's channel, Broadly. She won general feature writer of the year at New Zealand's Canon Media Awards in 2016, for an investigation into the widening racial gap in education. She writes on health, culture, social issues, entertainment and more recently, parenting, while attempting to raise her own child and write a book. She studied psychology at Massey University, and is based in Auckland.
David Leser, journalist and author
David Leser is a Walkley Award-winning journalist who has worked in Australia, North America, the Middle East, Europe and Asia for the past 38 years. He has worked as a feature writer for the Australian, the Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, HQ magazine, the Bulletin, Good Weekend, the Australian Women’s Weekly, Italian and German Vanity Fair, Newsweek and The Daily Beast. He has also worked as a correspondent based in Washington D.C, Jerusalem and Paris. David is the author of six books, including his most recent memoir, To Begin to Know: Walking in the Shadows of My Father, which was shortlisted for the 2015 National Biography Award. He is also editor of Paul Kelly: The Essays (2012), as well as executive producer of the award-winning Australian documentary Paul Kelly: Stories of Me. Born in Montreal, David also works as a public interviewer, guest lecturer, writing mentor, and speechwriter. He has two daughters, Jordan, a singer-songwriter, and Hannah, a photographer, and lives in Sydney.
John Lyons, journalist & author
John Lyons, a multi award-winning journalist, is the author of a new book, Balcony over Jerusalem, a memoir of his six years as a foreign correspondent in the Middle East. The book, written with his wife, Sylvie Le Clezio, examines the role of a foreign correspondent and the challenge of holding together a family life in such a difficult region. During his posting he covered the "Arab Spring" and travelled to Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, Libya, Syria, Gaza and Egypt. He also covered the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. A former Editor of The Sydney Morning Herald, John is now based in Sydney as Associate Editor (Digital Content) of The Australian.
William McInnes, actor and writer
William McInnes is one of the most accomplished and popular actors on the Australian landscape today. Equally at home in theatre, film and television, comedy and drama, he has played countless lead and supporting roles in some of the most successful and memorable productions this country has had to offer and has multiple AFI and Logie nominations for this extensive body of work. William is also the author of nine books, Full Bore, A Man’s Gotta Have a Hobby, Cricket Kings, That’d Be Right, The Making of Modern Australia, Worse Things Happen at Sea; co-written with his late wife Sarah Watt, The Laughing Clowns, The Birdwatcher and Holidays. William was most recently seen in SBS drama series, Deep Water.
Tonya Mosley, senior reporter, Edify (US)
Tonya Mosley is the senior education reporter for WBUR's Edify. She comes to WBUR from Stanford University, where she was a 2015-16 John S. Knight Journalism Fellow. While at Stanford, Tonya created a curriculum for journalists on the impacts of implicit bias and co-wrote a Belgian/American experimental study on the effects of protest coverage. Before WBUR, Tonya was a regular broadcast correspondent for Al Jazeera America and created the national award-winning public radio series “Black in Seattle”. In 2014, Tonya was named one of the “51 Most Influential People” by Seattle Magazine and 2015 “Journalist of the Year” by the Washington State Association for Justice. In 2016 Tonya won an Emmy Award for her televised piece “Beyond Ferguson.”
Andrew Quilty, freelance photojournalist (Australia/Afghanistan)
Andrew Quilty’s career began in Sydney but he has based himself in Kabul, Afghanistan, since 2013. In that time he has travelled to more than 20 provinces across Afghanistan, work from which has garnered several awards, including the Gold Walkley — the highest prize in Australian journalism — the Polk Award for photojournalism, and a Picture of the Year International award. In 2016 a selection of Quilty's work from Afghanistan, After Enduring Freedom, was exhibited at the world's premier festival for photojournalism, Visa Pour L'Image, in Perpignan, France.
Tracey Spicer, journalist & author
Tracey Spicer is an iconoclast whose TEDx Talk ‘The Lady Stripped Bare’ has been seen by nearly 1.5 million people. Tracey has anchored national news, current affairs and lifestyle programs for several TV networks, and has brought her sassy style to talkback radio. Her ‘full-frontal’ columns appear weekly in metropolitan newspapers and on opinion websites. The 49-year-old is the co-founder and national convenor of Women in Media. Tracey’s memoir The Good Girl Stripped Barehas just been released.