Speakers Profile - Joanna Townsend

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Joanna Townsend is a newsreader, presenter, reporter and producer for the Nine Network.

Joanna completed a degree in journalism and law from the University of Technology, Sydney, with first class honours in media law, then went on to a masters degree in politics and policy from Macquarie University. She also holds an industry accreditation from the Securities and Derivatives Association of Australia.

Joanna began her career in journalism at NBN and soon moved on to a producing position at Nine's A Current Affair. After more than two years producing and then reporting at Nine's top rating nightly current affairs program, she joined the team at Business Sunday as a producer and later reported for the same program. Soon afterwards, Joanna also began to work as a newsreader and reporter within Nine's business and finance team.

Today, Jo writes and reads daily news bulletins for Nine News business and finance and regularly contributes to Nine News, TODAY, A Current Affair and 2GB news radio as a business and finance expert. Joanna also appears daily on Nine's Qantas Inflight News and enjoys regular commentary segments on Mornings with Kerri-Anne.

Highlights of Joanna's production efforts include producing Ray Martin's Logie award-winning interview with Steve Irwin's widow Terri and working again with Ray Martin as the supervising producer of Who Killed Harold Holt, The Baby Listener, and Nine's extended coverage of the Asian tsunami and federal election. Jo also produced a one hour documentary for the Nine Network honouring the life of the late Kerry Packer.

Recently, Joanna went to London to produce Nine's Royal family special and produced Nine's 2008 - The Year the Was.

Jo also enjoys her rewarding work as ambassador for the Luke Priddis Foundation and Chittaway Bay Public School and regularly hosts live events and videos.