Graduate and Fox Sports Host On How Macleay Kick-Started Her Career

Macleay alumna Tara Rushton shares her story of success.

After a year living overseas, fresh from graduating high-school, and being inspired by the desire to tell stories, write, explore and find out ‘why,’ Tara Rushton returned home, and enrolled in our Journalism course.


Rushton is a key member of the Fox Sports Australia Football team presenting both ShootOut on Sunday nights and Just for Kicks on Thursday nights while also filling side-line commentary duties for Hyundai A-League coverage.


Since joining Fox Sports in 2013, Rushton has injected a fresh touch to Fox Sports’ extensive coverage of the A-League and Socceroos matches. Tara’s passion for the world game is unquestionable having worked in and around the sport for years including a presenting role in Singapore, focusing on the English Premier League.



Tara was nominated for Cosmopolitan Women of the Year in 2017.


That passion doesn’t end in front of the camera; she is one of two strikers that line up for Lindfield FC in a weekly mixed football competition in Sydney’s north. Her on-air football commitments include hosting ShootOut on Sunday night alongside Mark Bosnich, Ned Zelic and John Kosmina and Just for Kicks on Thursday night alongside Robbie Slater, Archie Thompson and fellow Macleay graduate Daniel McBreen.


Over the past two years Tara has expanded her on-air repertoire by hosting Fox Sports’ coverage of Darts as well as UFC and NRL shows. The traditional university environment wasn’t for her, after deferring her degree, Tara enrolled at Macleay graduating with a Journalism Diploma and Degree too.


Thriving in our intimate environment, and being taught by industry experts Macleay helped set some solid foundations for her career today - now a TV Presenter and Journalist at Fox Sports Australia. We thought it was time to catch up on her experience to date and hear about her time at Macleay!

What are you doing now?

I work at Fox Sports Australia - as a Football Journalist and TV Presenter. 
I present 2 weekly LIVE magazine programs called ‘Just For Kicks’ and ‘Shootout’, I host LIVE match-day coverage across the W-League, A-League, Socceroos, Matildas and FFA Cup, and also work on the sideline as a side-line reporter at live-games around Australia. 




Tara is a presenter on Fox Sport's show Just For Kicks.


What has motivated you to become a journalist?

From a young age I loved writing - the 10 year old me - would compile scrap-books full of fictional stories, that I hoped would one-day be published. l grew up curious and inquisitive, and was always encouraged to explore and try new things, and I think that freedom of exploration and wanting to know ‘more’ - lead to a desire to want to tell stories.


Why did you choose to study at Macleay?

After a gap year I started University, however the experience didn’t resonate with me and I felt a bit lost. I realised I was after a more intimate learning environment, I didn’t like the massive lecture halls and the lack of routine at University. After some research I discovered Macleay and saw that Catriona Rowntree also studied there - and I thought she had the best job in the world. I also liked that the lecturers had industry and career experience, giving me life lessons along the way.


What was the Macleay experience like?

I really enjoyed my time at Macleay, I thrived in the environment, It was hands-on and the smaller class sizes gave me the opportunity to build relationships with not just my peers but my lecturers and feel that I was learning in a safe and supported environment.


In her spare time, Tara plays football in a mixed team.

Where did you intern?

I interned at a host of magazines! I started at 'TV Hits' (when that was still around) and ‘Dolly' - then moved over to ACP - where I worked on their Disney titles - before spending a few months with two international PR Firms.


Why choose a Macleay College Journalism Course?

At Macleay College we believe in real world course content to ensure you're job ready.

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  • Our lecturers have industry experience and up-to-date knowledge.
  • Our small classes feature personalised teaching that nurtures your unique strengths.

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