Speakers Profile - Jennifer Byrne

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Jennifer Byrne started her career in journalism at a young age as a Cadet Journalist with The Age newspaper in Melbourne. At the age of 23, she was posted to San Francisco as The Age’s West Coast Correspondent.

In 1981, Jennifer moved to Sydney as Founding Reporter with Channel Nine’s Sunday program and five years later, moved across to 60 Minutes. In 1993, she became the morning presenter of ABC’s Radio 2BL and in 1995, was appointed Publishing Director of Reed Books.

In 1999, having spent a couple of years as Stand-in Presenter for both ABC-TV’s 7.30 Report and Lateline, Jennifer took up the anchor’s job at Foreign Correspondent, and spent five years as Host and Reporter, travelling with the program. She also continued to write features and book reviews, and regularly hosted Radio National’s Breakfast program.

Jennifer moved on from Foreign Correspondent in 2003 to join The Bulletin magazine as a Senior Writer, working on the weekly ‘Lunch With…’ column, for which she won several national awards. In May 2006 she developed and launched a new book program, The Book Club, which she still hosts along with Jennifer Byrne Presents, a series of literary specials and interviews.

Jennifer continues to work in print, with a monthly book column in The Australian Women’s Weekly, and regular appearances in leading newspaper and travel magazines.