Donna teaches Radio, Fashion Writing and Food, Lifestyle and Travel at the Melbourne Campus. She is a 3AW radio senior journalist, newsreader, editor, arts, entertainment, lifestyle and travel reporter.
She is a freelance travel writer and ongoing contributor to the Age online/SMH online, Travel Daily and Travel Bulletin. Donna covers events including the Spring Racing Carnival, Formula One Grand Prix, Melbourne Fashion Week, The Logies, The AACTA film awards and the Melbourne Comedy Festival.
Donna won the radio industry's top journalism accolade, the Brian White Memorial award, for her coverage of the World Economic Forum protests. Interviews include Clint Eastwood, Harrison Ford, Hugh Jackman, Susan Sarandon, Kurt Russell, Heath Ledger, Stephen Fry, Nicole Kidman and Daniel Craig.
Give us a quick rundown on your background?
My first radio gig was the lunchtime radio hour that was broadcast at Toorak College when I was striving towards my Arts degree. I also adored my stint at 3PBS FM community radio, which included a brekkie show and those dreaded overnights. 3AW gave me my first paid job in radio. Still there, 26 years later.
Also, I have built on other passions including food, film, music and travel and incorporated them into my reporting and writing career.
How did you get into the industry?
It was called ‘work experience’ at the time. Essentially, I volunteered for as many days a week as 3AW would take me until I was offered a job - which took about three months to happen. I worked in news and programs as a producer to get my foot in the door.
What is the biggest difference in the industry since you were at university?
The internet. It’s changed so many facets of our lives. There’s more competition in news gathering, sourcing, writing, publishing and so on. There’s also more media opportunities. Access to information and stories has altered immeasurably.
What do you do when you are not teaching?
Love a film. Can easily and very happily watch several movies in one day. Love eating. I may have a self-diagnosed condition that involves thinking about food ALL THE TIME. And travel. Got to keep moving but love coming home.
What do you enjoy about teaching at Macleay?
College affords me the chance to share my knowledge, experience and understanding of an ever-evolving industry. It motivates me to keep learning and connecting with others. It also means that my teaching diploma came in handy, about 27 years after I graduated!
What subjects do you teach at Macleay?
Food, Lifestyle, Travel
What is the best advice you give your students?
Be interested in people - and that, in turn, makes you more interesting. Listen. Really listen.