Speakers Profile - Annabel Crabb

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Annabel Crabb is a writer and broadcaster with the ABC. She is the host of the popular, long-running political cooking show Kitchen Cabinet and recently wrote and presented a groundbreaking documentary series set inside Parliament House, entitled “The House, with Annabel Crabb”.

Over her 20-year career in journalism Annabel has worked as a political correspondent for The Advertiser, The Age and the Sydney Morning Herald, as Europe correspondent for Fairfax’s Sunday titles and written a popular syndicated newspaper column on politics and social affairs. She is the author of The Wife Drought, a humorous and best-selling account of women and work in Australia. Her Quarterly Essay about Malcolm Turnbull, Stop At Nothing, won Annabel a Walleye Award and was expanded and republished as a book in 2016.

She received two Logie nominations in 2013 including the Graham Kennedy Award For Most Outstanding New Talent and Most Popular New Female Talent for her work on the show.

Annabel has written a cookbook, Special Delivery, with childhood friend Wendy Sharpe. Their new book Special Guests: Recipes for the happily imperfect host was be published in October 2018.

With friend and ABC colleague Leigh Sales, Australia’s pre-eminent current affairs journalist, Annabel hosts the cult podcast Chat 10 Looks 3 where the pair discusses books, film, culture and cooking.

In 2011, Annabel travelled to the United States as Australia's Eisenhower Fellow to study developments in digital media and politics. She is a regular face on ABC TV’s election night and Budget broadcasts, and has a long history of appearances on ABC’s Insiders programme and across the ABC radio network.

Annabel started out as a cadet journalist at Adelaide's The Advertiser in 1997, and worked her way through local government and state political rounds before heading to Canberra in 1999. She has since worked as a political correspondent and sketch writer for The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald, and served for a time as London correspondent for Fairfax's Sunday titles.

Annabel is very active as @annabelcrabb on Twitter; a platform she uses to talk about politics, find new friends and locate exotic ingredients.