A Brief Biography
Here’s a few snippets about me:
I was trained as a journalist through a cadetship on The West Australian.
My first journalistic specialty was animals, closely followed by finance.
At 21, I was the youngest scriptwriter ever employed by Visnews Ltd, London.
At 24, as editor of The Wanneroo News, in suburban Perth, I exposed local council shenanigans that later became the subject of a Royal Commission.
At 28, I completed a BA Psychology with honours after researching adolescent motivation for amphetamine use.
At 33, I was editor of Perth Woman Magazine, and by 35 I was editor in chief of the company’s stable of seven publications.
At 37, I completed a Masters Degree delving into the psychological richness of the Persephone and Narcissus myths.
After that I moved into academia, did a PhD and I am now a senior lecturer in journalism at Edith Cowan University in Perth, Western Australia. I edit a news service called 3rd Degree, that my students write, and an academic journal called Research Journalism.
I am still doing journalism and in recent years I have focused on longform journalism about sustainability and Indigenous policy.
Other bits and bobs I’ve done along the way include:
Eight months in 2006 as editor of BiotechnologyNews.net
Two years as weekend supervisor at Palmerston Farm Drug Rehab
Six months as an emergency counsellor with the Perth Sexual Assault Referral Centre
A year as art therapist at Perth’s Cancer Support Association
Three terms of teaching art at an alternative high school
And half a year of teaching playgroup at a Steiner school
If you want to contact me about anything on this site you’ll find me in the Edith Cowan University staff directory.
All the best,