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Leigh Sales AM is a multi award-winning author and journalist at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and currently anchors the network's prime time current affairs program 7.30.

She is the face of the ABC's major events coverage, including federal election and budget nights. She has interviewed every living Australian Prime Minister and innumerable world leaders and celebrities from Hillary Clinton and Tony Blair to Paul McCartney and Elton John.

Leigh has held numerous roles at the ABC, including as Washington Correspondent, and is a three-time winner of Australia's highest journalist prize, the Walkley Award.

She's the author of three books, the most recent being national bestseller Any Ordinary Day.

Leigh also co-hosts a wildly popular podcast with Annabel Crabb called Chat 10 Looks 3. It attracts hundreds of thousands of downloads monthly and has an associated facebook group with almost 40,000 members.

In 2018, Leigh was awarded the Order of Australia for her services to journalism. She has a Bachelor of Journalism and a Master of International Relations and was awarded Deakin University's 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award.