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Leigh Sales

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Award-winning author and journalist at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation

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Leigh Sales is an award-winning author and journalist at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and currently anchors ABC’s flagship current affairs analysis program, 7.30

Most recently, Leigh released her book 'Any Ordinary Day'. The book showcases Leigh's interviews with people who have been affected by the most catastrophic events in Australia, from the Port Arthur Massacre to the Lindt café siege.

Until 2011, Leigh Sales anchored the prestigious Lateline program, interviewing major figures including Hillary Clinton, Tony Blair and Henry Kissinger. 

From 2001 to 2005, she was the ABC's Washington Correspondent, covering stories including the aftermath of September 11, the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, the 2004 Presidential election and Hurricane Katrina. 

From 2006 to 2008, Leigh was the ABC's National Security Correspondent, before joining Lateline. 

In 2005, Leigh won a Walkley Award, Australia's highest journalism honour, for her coverage of Guantanamo Bay and the case of David Hicks. 

Leigh's writing has been published in The Monthly, The Bulletin, The Australian, The Age, The Sydney Morning Herald and The Diplomat. One of her essays was included in The Best Australian Political Writing of 2007. Her first book, Detainee 002 was released to widespread critical and commercial success in 2007, winning the prestigious George Munster Award for Independent Journalism for its assiduous investigation, quality writing and balanced reporting. 

Her second book, On Doubt, was published in 2009 as part of Melbourne University Publishing's Little Books on Big Ideas series. and a second edition was released in 2017 with an updated section about the Trump post-truth era. 

Leigh is a highly sought after public speaker and has appeared at the Lowy Institute for International Policy, the Sydney Institute, the National Press Club, the Australian Institute of International Affairs and the Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne Writers Festivals. 

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