23 November 2023



with leigh sales AM

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Highly respected ABC anchor, bestselling author and hit podcaster Leigh Sales AM will take us on a tour of the journalism profession, from News Reporting to Editing, via Investigative, Commentary and of course Interviewing. In conversation with fellow journalist, David Penberthy she discusses her latest book, Storytellers. 

Leigh Sales is one of Australia’s most accomplished journalists, having anchored the ABC’s flagship 7.30 program for twelve years. She has been a foreign correspondent, hosted Lateline and anchored numerous elections for the ABC. In this book, she turns her interviewing skills onto her own profession, those usually asking the questions: the journalists. Storytellers includes Leigh's interviews with the cream of Australian journalists about their craft, including how (and why) they bring us the stories that inform our lives.

In ten sections, leaders in their field talk direct to us about how they get their leads, survive in war zones, write a profile, tell a story with pictures, and keep the show on the road. The book is who’s-who of Australian journalism – including Lisa Millar, Kate McClymont, Hedley Thomas, Trent Dalton, Benjamin Law, Tracy Grimshaw, Richard Fidler, David Speers, Stan Grant, Niki Savva, Waleed Aly, Annabel Crabb, Karl Stefanovic and Mia Freedman – talk candidly about their greatest lessons and their trade secrets. 

Presented by The Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre

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leigh sales AM
writer, journalist & podcaster

Leigh Sales AM is one of Australia’s most respected journalists. As the new presenter of Australian Story and the recent host of the ABC’s flagship current affairs program, 7.30, she has interviewed dozens of world leaders and celebrities, including Hillary Clinton, Tony Blair, the Dalai Lama, Paul McCartney, Elton John, Harrison Ford, Tom Hanks, Salman Rushdie, Margaret Atwood and Bill Gates. She has interviewed every living Australian Prime Minister, as well as the late Bob Hawke AC, and has anchored the last three federal elections for the ABC. Leigh is the winner of three Walkley Awards, Australia’s highest journalism honour; the author of the books Detainee 002, On Doubt, Well Hello and the bestselling Any Ordinary Day; and the co-host of the popular podcast Chat 10 Looks 3 with Annabel Crabb. In 2023, her service to journalism and the community was recognised with an honorary doctorate from Edith Cowan University.

 Instagram: @leigh_sales


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david penberthy
journalist, editor & broadcaster

David Penberthy has been a journalist, editor and broadcaster for 30 years. He started his career with The Advertiser in Adelaide in 1992 and was posted to Canberra as the paper's national political editor from 1996 to 1999. He joined The Daily Telegraph in Sydney in 1999 as State political editor and was chief of staff and opinion editor before his appointment as editor of the newspaper from 2005 to 2008. He launched the opinion website The Punch in 2009 and was editor-in-chief of news.com.au from 2010 to 2012, during which it became the number one news website in Australia. He edited the Adelaide Sunday Mail in 2013 and moved to breakfast radio in 2014 with Adelaide's FiveAA. He has been a columnist for 20 years and writes weekly columns for The Advertiser and News Corp Sunday titles, and also contributes to The Australian as the South Australian correspondent. 


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Presented by
The Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre



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