Speakers Profile - Ellen Fanning

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An occasional reporter on 60 Minutes and a regular presence on ABC Radio, Ellen Fanning was the last presenter of the Nine Network?s prestigious Sunday program.

She spent the first ten years of her career at the ABC. In 1992, she was appointed the presenter of the PM program, and later hosted AM.

In 1998, Ellen served as the ABC?s Washington correspondent.

In 2004, as a freelance documentary maker she completed a six part series Fine Line, which dealt dealing with the ethical dilemmas of journalism. Broadcast on SBS Television, the program is now used by media students at secondary schools and is required viewing for journalism students around the country.

In her 20 years as an award winning journalist, she has reported from locations as diverse as the North Pole to the White House, from an airliner refuelling fighter jets over Bosnia to a Collins Class submarine deep in the Indian Ocean. She has had encounters with many world leaders including US President Barack Obama and has interviewed every Australian Prime Minister from Julia Gillard to Sir John Gorton.

She works closely with the organisers on the script for the evening and makes herself available for full rehearsals prior to the event at a time suitable to the organisers. An impeccable presenter, Ellen is able to ad-lib and improvise when necessary to keep events flowing and to ensure prize winners and other presenters feel comfortable when delivering their own speeches stage and when engaged as the MC for awards events, Ellen briefs herself fully on the awards and endeavours to discover small details about each winner that she can use to inform her comments during the prize giving.

With a wealth of experience in communications, politics, social, cultural and business issues - her facilitation strength lies in her ability to clarify goals, define roles and reach agreed outcomes across both cultural and language barriers, making her an ideal MC, moderator, facilitator and keynote speaker.