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Meet Monica Attard

Monica Attard

Monica is currently the Head of Journalism at Macleay College in Sydney and Melbourne. She holds a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Law, Order of Australia for Services to Journalism and 5 Walkley Awards for Excellence in Journalism, including gold.

Monica Attard spent 28 years at the ABC, working across radio and television. She was the ABC’s Russia correspondent at possibly the best time in modern history to be a Russia correspondent. She reported on the coup against Mikhail Gorbachev, the collapse of Soviet communism, the rise of Boris Yeltsin and his peculiar brand of capitalism and democracy, the first Chechen war and she covered civil wars across the old Soviet Union. Four years of covering the revolution left her with just enough energy to pump out a book about the events.

In 1994, Monica returned to Australia to present ABC Radio’s PM. In 2001, she created Sunday Profile on ABC Radio, which earned her two Walkley Awards for Best Broadcast Interviewing. This brought her Walkley count to five, including Gold for excellence in journalism.

Monica hosted Media Watch on ABC TV for two years and also received an Order of Australia for services to journalism. She has a law degree and was the creator and former Managing Editor of The Global Mail.

Monica has worked for CNN International, based in Sydney and been a foreign affairs contributor to the SBS. She is also an acclaimed facilitator and MC, working across the university and public service sector as well as in banking, the law and for NGO’s.

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