the editorial team
Kate is a highly experienced editor who has worked as a news, feature and opinion writer for more than 20 years across digital, newspapers and magazines. Her most enduring claim to fame, however, was her stint as online advice columnist Ask Bossy. Previously she has worked as editor-in-chief of Mamamia and head of digital for the News Corp editorial network.
Lisa has been a journalist for more than 20 years, having started her career in community newspapers. After years of reporting on politics, health and general news, Lisa edited The Southern Courier and The Mosman Daily, before being appointed news editor at The Manly Daily. Fun fact: When Lisa was 15, she appeared in popular ABC mini-series Brides of Christ. Just ask her. She loves to talk about it.
James started his career at his hometown newspaper, the Wingham Chronicle, a one-journalist gig where he wrote the stories, took the photos, laid out the pages and put the bins out. After editing a number of community newspapers, he joined news.com.au where he has held a various roles including US correspondent in New York. Fun fact: James once wrote someone else's marriage proposal to be published in a newspaper. Naturally, she said yes.
Stephanie Raethel Group Features Editor
Stephanie has spent 20 years reporting and editing for News Corp, Fairfax Media and Bauer Media since getting her start typing the TV times at The Advertiser in Adelaide. She specialises in scepticism but believes her border collie every time he tells her he hasn't been fed.
Joe has been a journalist for 20 years. He is also co-host of the Channel Ten morning show Studio 10. Before joining news.com.au, he was opinion editor at The Daily Telegraph and a columnist for The Daily Telegraph and Herald Sun. Joe started in journalism editing the Melbourne University magazine Farrago and then at Australian Associated Press, as well as various other publications, TV and radio shows. He was the presenter of the critically acclaimed ABC series Dumb, Drunk and Racist and Shitsville Express. Joe grew up in Dandenong, Melbourne, and now lives in Sydney with his wife and young family. He detests referring to himself in the third person.
Oliver has more than a decade of journalism experience. He started as a sports reporter at a small country NSW newspaper before moving to News Corp's Sydney community papers as a reporter and later to news.com.au. Oliver is passionate about football (the world game), going to the World Cup and also enjoys live music.
Liz has an interest in politics and an obsession with social media. After tweeting her way into the industry, she began her career in magazines at The Australian Women's Weekly, going on to work in newspapers and later joining news.com.au as a senior journalist. She has appeared on national TV and radio as a commentator discussing news stories and women's issues.
Matt has worn many digital hats at news.com.au but his most rewarding was his secondment to New York as news.com.au's US correspondent. With more than a decade of experience, including more than eight years at News Corp, Matt is a vibrant, energetic newshound who knows what gets you talking, what makes you laugh and what makes you furious.
Andrew Backhouse Morning Homepage Editor
Andrew has previously worked in the online team for the Townsville Bulletin and the Toowoomba Chronicle, and started his career as a hack for country newspaper the Oakey Champion. He likes to travel to far afield countries and try exotic, and strange foods, at least once anyway.
Wenlei is news.com.au's afternoon homepage editor and film and TV critic. You can usually find her staring at screens of various sizes and will always have a recommendation of what you should be watching tonight.
Andrew (aka Banksy) is the longest-serving employee at news.com.au. Banksy's role is to set the news agenda for the following day and help shape discussion around the stories of the day.
Marion Langford Sub-Editor
Marion is a sub-editor at news.com.au with more than two decades' journalism experience. She worked for a regional daily newspaper in the UK where she was head of features production before moving to News Corp. She has held various roles with the company including features production editor for the Daily and Sunday Telegraphs, deputy tablet editor for the Tele and chief sub-editor for delicious on Sunday. She loves cooking and watching tennis, but what she loves most is reading about other people making fools of themselves.
Rebecca Franks Sub-Editor
Rebecca has two decades of experience as a journalist in Australia and the UK, mostly covering news, crime, court, politics and health. Rebecca has worked for News Corp since 2002 and spent two years reporting from the NSW Parliament's press gallery before becoming a copy editor at The Daily Telegraph, The Manly Daily and NewsLocal.
Victoria Nielsen Picture Editor
Victoria has more than 12 years' experience in photo editing. She started her career working with paparazzi photos, before moving into the world of magazines and online. Whether it's news or celebrity related, she loves letting an image tell the story. Her brain is full of random celebrity facts, which makes her a desired team member at pub trivia.
Samantha Maiden has covered federal politics in the Canberra press gallery for more than 20 years, writing for The Australian and the News Corp Sunday papers before joining news.com.au. Her career highlights include being called a 'mad witch' by Peter Dutton and her first book, Party Animals, published in 2020. Fittingly, she runs a small private zoo at home featuring her three children, two dogs and a cat.
Sam writes about Australian and US politics, with the occasional snarky TV recap thrown in. He first joined news.com.au as a university student, working as that guy in the office who fetches mail and fixes the printers, before scoring a job as a reporter and going on to be morning homepage editor. He spends his free time eating.
Victoria covers world news and features from News UK's London office. Originally from New Zealand, she has previously worked in Sydney covering business, property and general news. She loves travelling anywhere new - especially if it involves beaches, good wine and plenty of pasta.
Charis has been a reporter for more than 10 years covering politics, environment, infrastructure and everything in between. Before becoming a journalist, she was a paralegal but decided to take a chance on writing and never looked back. She loves reporting on interesting people, ideas and policy. She also spends way too much money on travelling.
Candace Sutton is an award-winning journalist and true crime author with 30 years' experience in covering international and nation events. She has worked as a foreign correspondent in the US, South East Asia and Europe, and now specialises in crime and courts.
Shannon is a writer and journalist with more than a decade of experience working for major media outlets spanning print, digital and publishing. He began his career at Fairfax in Brisbane as an award-winning news reporter and has since covered property, business, entertainment and human interest. He is on the executive of the Online News Association and contributes to various charity organisations, including as convenor of the annual Clare Atkinson Memorial Scholarship for journalism at The University of Queensland.
Megan is news.com.au's US Correspondent based in New York City. She has been a journalist for newspapers, radio and online for more than a decade. During that time she has covered crime, courts, politics, indigenous affairs, entertainment and travel. Before joining news.com.au, Megan was a senior reporter at the NT News. She began her media career reporting for several Sydney newspapers and as an intern in the SeaFM newsroom while completing her journalism degree.
James joined news.com.au in 2014. He enjoys writing about various things that either annoy or entertain you. He has written for newspapers and worked as a radio producer and contributor for ABC and The Kyle & Jackie O Show.
Marnie has been a journalist for 20 years, gathering experience from across the globe. She is a news reporter for news.com.au but also has a penchant for crime and the bizarre.
Benedict is a news reporter focused on national issues. He won a Kennedy Award for his environmental reporting at news.com.au and was nominated for several awards for his articles on the LGBTI community. Previously assistant editor at the Star Observer, Benedict is one of those backpacker types who came to Australia ages ago and never quite left. He has worked in journalism and communications for 20 years, both in the UK and Oz, before joining news.com.au.
Rohan loves breaking news and telling the quirky Australian stories that speak to our national diversity. Rohan has been writing news for print, broadcast and online for 10 years after starting as a cadet sports reporter in Melbourne. He moved to Sydney five years ago to work in newspapers and joined the news.com.au team in 2014. He is now based in Melbourne.
Ben cut his teeth as a budding newshound on the rough streets of rural north-west England before jetting across the world and roaming the suburbs of Sydney as a community reporter. When he's not on the lookout for outrageous yarns that make your blood boil or sides split, Ben can be found playing guitar or crying into a pint of beer over the latest Liverpool result.
Natalie works as a state reporter focusing on Queensland, Western Australia and the Northern Territory, occasionally encroaching on her home state of NSW when she misses their antics. She first joined news.com.au as a university student, starting out as an entertainment reporter but moving over to news in 2017. Before heading to news.com.au, Natalie worked at Wollongong's Wave FM.
Ally is a news reporter for news.com.au. She graduated with a degree in journalism from Charles Sturt University and, after interning at news.com.au, landed a spot on the team. Though she is only early on in her career she is happy to have a crack at writing just about anything. She is also well versed in how to spot online dating scams, so if swiping right on Tinder gets you into a spot of bother she's the one to call.
Gavin worked in broadcast television and for The Australian newspaper before settling at news.com.au as a digital journalist. His coverage ranges from politics and global affairs to social commentary. An avid traveller, his reporting has taken him everywhere from rural China to the Moroccan desert. Say hello if you see him around - he's not nearly as grumpy as his byline photo suggests.
Sarah is a news and court reporter at news.com.au. She cut her teeth at Australian Associated Press in Brisbane and later Sydney, where she fell in love with writing about bad people doing bad things. There's every chance you'll see her in the back of a court chase trying to grab iPhone video. When she's not sitting in the public gallery scribbling shorthand, Sarah enjoys covering breaking news and emergencies but also loves a travel yarn.
Steph joined the news.com.au team in Sydney after moving from the Gold Coast and its warm weather. She has been a journalist for more than a decade, kicking off her career as a fledgling student reporter in high school for the Gold Coast Bulletin, where she then did her cadetship. She has won awards for her health reporting and admits to being a bit of a science nerd, particularly when it comes to animal stories that often only she is excited about.
Natalie is the youngest member of the news.com.au team. During her time at the Queensland University of Technology, she was an intern for Vogue and worked as an editorial assistant and contributor at digital publication for young women, WinWin Magazine. When she's not at her desk, you can find her indulging her penchant for social commentary and good books, and maintaining her (self-proclaimed) role as pasta-eating champion of Australia.
Richard has been a journalist for more than 25 years. He started his career with News Corp in the 80s, where he worked on all its titles before settling with The Australian, where he was appointed aviation editor. He left News to join Qantas's PR team, before moving on to similar roles with Ford and Toyota. He eventually returned to journalism after 12 years on the 'dark side' as the editor of Fairfax’s DriveLife liftout and drive.com.au. He rejoined News - fatter, balder and hopefully wiser - in 2014 as national motoring editor.
Dom started his journalism career 10 years ago at The Sydney Morning Herald working for the Drive section before moving to News Corp two years ago to cover motoring related stories across all its sites, including news.com.au. Dom has an interest in quirky car stories and electric cars. So if you see a wrecked supercar or an outrageous Elon Musk tweet let him know.
After graduating with a degree in media and broadcast, Vanessa landed a job with the Today show as a producer. She spent five years with the breakfast program, which saw her working across the country and the world on various entertainment, news and lifestyle stories. Vanessa has a great interest in food, fitness, beauty, health and home. Before leading the travel team, she was a lifestyle reporter for news.com.au.
Lauren worked on Sydney's suburban newspaper circuit before spending two years as senior news reporter with mX newspaper, covering the sublime to the ridiculous, as well as all the big, breaking news from across Australia and around the world. She has penned food reviews, travel pieces and racked up an impressive list of A-list interviews.
Melissa is a journalist and media commentator who is obsessed with every tentacle of popular culture. As the entertainment and style editor-at-large at news.com.au her role is the perfect combination of everything she loves about sharing news. Melissa is a regular commentator on Sunrise, The Morning Show and The Daily Edition as well as the go-to radio commentator on all things pop culture and style.
Nick has worked as a journalist for more than a decade, starting as long-running entertainment editor for Australia's most respected LGBT publication, the Star Observer. He's worked across print, television and radio, including a stint as a producer for Channel 7's Sunday Night current affairs program, and a year in London as the web editor for Attitude Magazine.
Andrew was a breakfast radio producer for seven years before deciding he was much better suited to a job that didn't require he be in bed by 7.30pm. He loves tracking down celebrities for a quick chat, and has spoken to Lady Gaga, Chris Rock, Usher and Merlin from Big Brother. (The latter was a lot easier to track down.)
Bronte has been a journalist for six years, covering news and entertainment for major media outlets across the country, including Nova, Triple M, 2DayFM and Channel Nine's Today show, before joining news.com.au. When Bronte's not at work keeping up with the Kardashians, she's at home keeping up with the Kardashians. She also performed in the Sydney 2000 Olympic opening ceremony - but that's a story for another time.
Hannah got her start in journalism writing for newspapers The Armidale Express and The Daily Advertiser, covering everything from cattle sales to psychic pigs. After her stint in regional journalism, Hannah returned to Sydney and followed her passion for reality TV by writing entertainment stories for Daily Mail Australia. While obsessed with all things to do with Married At First Sight and The Bachelor, she is still on the lookout for her next big yarn involving a farm animal with ESP.
Lexie has been with News Corp since the start of her journalism career, which kicked off at the Gold Coast Bulletin before taking her to Brisbane, London and landing her in Sydney. When she's not at work, you'll probably find her listening to random people's life stories at the pub.
Bella's journalism career began as a teen in Adelaide, where she worked in community radio and wrote music reviews for free concert tickets. After graduating from uni, she moved into real estate reporting for The Advertiser and Sunday Mail. She took two years off in London to flit around Europe like many 20-somethings before her. On returning to Australia, her reality TV obsession strengthened while writing for Mamamia. Now, she can't resist a MAFS wine fight, brutal Bachelor break-up or delving deep into the life of a celebrity we all forgot about.
Rebekah has a passion for incredible real-life stories of everyday Australians after spending a decade writing and editing for human interest magazines. When she's not in the office, Bex is usually trying her hardest to lift heavy things at Crossfit or dreaming about her next trip to Burning Man. Her proudest journalist moment was interviewing Chris Hemsworth and yes, she can confirm he's even better looking in real life.
Shireen started her career as an automotive writer for an online magazine before joining News Corp's community newspapers covering local news and politics. During this time she had a stint on Sky News Australia as News Local's correspondent. She then (typically) moved to London (and Germany) chasing that Euro sun, working as a journo and freelance travel writer before returning home as news.com.au's lifestyle reporter.
Emilia started her career as a digital writer for Bauer Media New Zealand, writing for Now To Love, Fashion Quarterly and Miss Fashion Quarterly. After deciding to move to Australia two years ago to join her PhD-loving partner, she landed a job with Daily Mail Australia. She loves nothing better than sniffing out real-life stories. When not in the office, she can be found obsessing over her cats in a manner that would put Taylor Swift to shame.
Frank previously worked for media publication AdNews and has also written for The Canberra Times, The Courier-Mail, The Queensland Times and the Ipswich Advertiser.
Alexis has been a reporter for eight years, covering business, women's interests, politics, careers and more. She has previously worked at the Mamamia Women's Network and for several of News Corp's NewsLocal newspapers. She is passionate about telling people's stories and is a serious travel addict, having spent 20 months travelling the world before joining the news.com.au team in 2017.
James Hall joined the news.com.au finance team from the Australian Associated Press where he covered a broad range of desks including state politics in South Australia and the stock market from Sydney. Before that, he was a news reporter at The Canberra Times.
Jack is a self-confessed entitled millennial who is addicted to smartphones and injecting Twitter posts directly into his veins. He thinks exclusively in memes and has never been mad online. He attended Queensland University of Technology before moving to Sydney. After joining news.com.au he remains a Brisbane Broncos supporter but they are now only his second-favourite News Corp entity until they can make the top four again.
Originally from Adelaide, Jai is a journalist with more than a decade's experience in the industry. He has covered a range of international events, including the Olympics, and is a keen follower of the AFL, NFL, NBA, UFC, surfing and boxing.
James joined the news.com.au team as a sports reporter while still studying, a job that suited him perfectly as he always preferred watching sport to sitting in lecture theatres. He has a passion for cricket, tennis, rugby league, AFL and football, and is always keen to learn more about the ever-changing world of journalism. James stands out as the only member of the sports desk incapable of growing a beard (even if he'll never admit to it).
After finishing a sports journalism degree at Charles Sturt University in Bathurst, Tyson joined The Daily Telegraph as a sports reporter with a focus on the NRL and AFL before moving to the position of sports editor at mX Newspaper in Sydney. He has covered everything from Tiger Woods' chipping to wood-chopping.
A huge fan of cricket, rugby and tennis, Alex enjoys telling the story behind the stories and finding the quirkiest yarns possible. When you can't find him at the office, he'll be at another gig with his band or recording the next No. 1 hit.
Andrew has been a journalist for nearing a decade across News, the company formerly known as Fairfax and independent publications. He's covered entertainment, film and TV, technology and media but found his true calling in sport.
After working at a gold mine for six years, James decided to shift careers. After his studies were complete, he made the move to Sydney and joined the team at ESPN Australia before joining the news.com.au in 2017. AFL was ingrained early after growing up in country Victoria, but he is also addicted to all things NBA and will never fall asleep without watching the day's top plays.
Nic is a passionate sports reporter and cricket addict. He completed a Bachelor of Media at the University of New South Wales in 2018, and has since worked as a digital content creator at Fox Sports before joining the team at news.com.au. When not watching cricket, you can find Nic hunting for cheap record vinyl.
Adrianna began her career in magazines writing for OK! and NW, while diligently bingeing every reality TV show on air. Since finding a home in digital at news.com.au, she enjoys double the coffee runs and a much wider scope, reporting on everything from breaking news to finance and lifestyle. All of her downtime is spent reading articles on new skincare treatments and scrolling down Instagram rabbit holes.
Alex loves writing and she hates feeling out of the loop so it seemed natural that she go into journalism. Having completed 10 internships, she’s thrilled to finally have a job in the industry. Alex got hold of the email for news.com.au’s editor on a single scrap of paper and shot off a message begging for an internship. Boy is she glad she did that.
Eleni Paneras Head of Social Strategy and Audience Engagement
Eleni is a highly accomplished social media professional with more than eight years' experience in the media industry. Having started her career in television at the Nine Network, she went on to work in radio before joining news.com.au. As the Head of Social Strategy and Audience Engagement, she's constantly developing ways to create and boost engagement across its various social platforms. She's also a Harry Potter aficionado - and may/may not back you into a corner to discuss various theories.
Also known as Issey G, Isabelle is a social media editor with news.com.au. Three years working as a social media producer at Nine Network Australia for The Today Show saw Isabelle develop an interest in news and current events. She's always on the lookout for stories that spark social commentary and conversation. When not trawling the web for the latest social media crazes, you will find her on the dance floor.
Cassandra Kopp Social Media Producer
Cassandra gets to combine her love of journalism and obsession with social media at news.com.au. She enjoys scanning the innermost corners of the social world to find stories with the potential to go viral and spark social engagement. Formally an assistant social media editor at Daily Mail Australia, Cassandra is well-versed in knowing which stories will trend on social media.
Lauren is passionate about journalism, social media and creating memes to join the internet's collection. When she isn't hurling quotes from The Office at her co-workers, she's boring them with details about her cats.
John Guanzon Video Producer
John is the video producer for news.com.au. He's been producing, shooting and editing digital video content for more than eight years, having spent most of his career working on some of Australia's biggest reality and entertainment TV programs, including The X Factor, Family Feud and Grand Designs. He spends most of his time watching videos online, looking at memes and being an unashamed 'Instagram Dad'.
Lance Murdaca Motion Graphics Video Producer
Lance is news.com.au's animator and video editor. Ranging from working in TV to other animation productions, Lance has honed his craft over the many years that he's freelanced. Now humbly working full-time, he spends his free time drawing and making music. With varying success.
Kerry Warren Commissioning Editor
Doing something totally original and moving to London in her mid-20s. She returned to Australia in 2011 as digital managing editor of The Australian Women's Weekly, before joining news.com.au. Living faithfully by the maxim 'break yarns, don't make yarns', Kerry's role means you will rarely see her byline on the site - but if you've got a story you want to tell, you should definitely email her.
Phoebe got her start in the industry as a teen, writing music and CD reviews for local Sydney street press. She 'loved' everything. Over the last 10 years, Phoebe has written for local and overseas sites and newspapers, while also working behind-the-scenes in a number of big reality TV shows. She is passionate about all stories from all people, or those concerning animals, and forces of nature.
Isiah McKimmie is one of the most qualified and sought-after relationship and intimacy experts in Australia – she's also the brains behind news.com.au's Relationship Rehab column. She holds a master's degree in relational psychotherapy, a master's degree in science in medicine (sexual counselling/psychosexual therapy), a post-graduate diploma of sexology and a certificate from the prestigious Institute for the Advanced Studies of Human Sexuality. Compassionate, understanding and non-judgemental, she's built her reputation on getting results.
Alison and Jillian Barrett are principals at Maurice Blackburn Lawyers and real-life sisters. Hailing from Queensland, they are highly experienced lawyers and passionate social justice campaigners. Older sister Alison is a mother, while also heading up a major legal practice, while younger sister Jillian also leads a team of lawyers.
After evolving a digital heart (not the pacemaker kind) out of inky veins, Jamie just wants an excuse to learn something new. But he's fully aware his 32 years' experience in the news industry has given him just enough knowledge to be dangerous. International affairs. History. Defence. Science. Space. Technology. He has a fascination for them all - particularly when it comes to social fallout. Translating tough concepts into common terms is his craft. His passion is to explore the big picture encompassing world events.
Jason is an economist first and foremost. He began his career at the Australian Treasury and later worked as budget advisor to the tiny island nation of Nauru. His pivot to journalism began when his blog led to a job offer at The Australian Financial Review. He is a freelance contributor to news.com.au and the author of the book Incentivology.
Daniela Elser is an experienced journalist and editor who has worked in TV, magazines and digital during her 15 year career. After starting her career photocopying in the ABC newsroom, she later spent a lengthy stint as the Marie Claire features director before helping launch whimn.com.au. A lifelong fascination with the royal family can be blamed on a steady childhood diet of Tatler and Hello magazines. She was the only nine-year-old in her class who used to spend her recess reading books about Princess Margaret. Nothing has changed since then.
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