HerCanberra’s Emma Macdonald

Emma Macdonald was on the front line of daily newspaper journalism for 23 years before moving to the online and magazine platform HerCanberra in 2016 where she is Associate Editor.

She has written on a huge range of issues, from politics to education, social affairs, health, and women’s affairs. Macdonald spent 13 years covering federal politics from the Press Gallery, rising to become Bureau Chief at The Canberra Times.

Macdonald has won numerous awards for her work – these include two Walkley Awards (1993, 2003) and selection as a national Walkley finalist (2001).

She was awarded the John Douglas British Prize for Journalism in 1998, and in 2002 was awarded a Vincent Fairfax Ethics in Leadership Fellowship. She was highly commended for her political journalism through the Paul Lyneham Press Gallery Journalism Award in 2002 and was recognised as a University of Canberra Distinguished Alumni in 2011.

She has been published widely, from The Times (UK) to the Business Standard (India), to Cosmopolitan Magazine.

Emma is passionate about her craft and has been a regular commentator on both screen and radio. She is dedicated to promoting women in media – becoming Convener of Women in Media Canberra in 2015.

A mother of two, Macdonald co-founded the maternal health charity Send Hope Not Flowers in 2010, shortly after the birth of her now eight-year-old daughter. She won an ACT Telstra Business Woman of the Year Award for Send Hope’s work in 2016.

Her best skill is, perhaps, juggling.

Emma Macdonald will speak at the 2018 Women in Media Conference.

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