Speakers Profile - Sophie Scott

ABC National Medical Reporter

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Sophie Scott is an award winning journalist and the ABC's National Medical Reporter. She joined the ABC after five years as a reporter and producer in the United States and has received numerous specialist awards for her work.

Sophie's stories appear on the ABC's flagship news bulletin at 7 pm, Lateline, Stateline and 7.30 Report and her reports can be seen throughout the Asia-Pacific Region, through ABC's Australia TV network. She can also be heard on ABC radio, presenting a fortnightly show on ABC News 24 called The Health Quarter.

In 2004, Sophie won the Australian Museum Eureka award for medical reporting and, in 2005, she received the Media award at the Research Australia ‘Thank You' Day Awards in recognition of her ability to communicate complex information in a way that the general community can easily understand.

Sophie was a television newsreader for ABC Tasmania from 1998 to 2000. From 1997 to 1998, she was the Los Angeles reporter for 11AM (Seven Network Australia), where her role included filing extended television profiles including news, entertainment and current affairs reports.

Previously she was the Washington ABC Television and Radio Producer, producing reports for ABC News, 730 Report, Lateline, Foreign Correspondent and Four Corners. She also filed radio reports for ABC Radio News and the World Today.

Sophie has also worked as a freelance producer in Washington DC for Fox Morning News, Reuters, TV2 Denmark, ABC, AAP, Discovery Channel and EPSN2. She has produced and presented documentaries for the US cable network and also for national German television.

Sophie has won numerous awards for her work including the 2002 Research grant Australian Medical Writers Association; the 2000 and 2001 Special Award from the Cancer Council (Tasmania), the 2000 MEAA Awards for Excellence in Television Reporting and the 2000 Australian Hearing Society Television Award.

She was an executive of the Australian Medical Writers Association and is on the board of the Australian Medical Association Charitable Foundation NSW.

Sophie is also a best-selling author. Live a Longer Life was published by ABC books in 2007 and Roadtesting Happiness was published by Harper Collins in 2010