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Leigh Sales AM is one of the most recognised and respected journalists in Australia. For almost twelve years, she anchored the flagship evening current affairs program, 7.30 on the ABC as well as being the face of major news coverage for the network, including federal elections and budget nights. She has been a foreign correspondent based in Washington DC, covered various rounds including national security and politics, and worked for TV, radio, print and digital. She is now the presenter of the ABC's beloved Australian Story program.

She is the author of five books: Detainee 002: The Case of David Hicks (2007), On Doubt (2009), Well Hello (2021), national bestseller Any Ordinary Day (2018) and Storytellers - a fascinating insight into the vital and much-misunderstood profession of Journalism.

She co-hosts a wildly popular podcast called Chat 10, Looks 3 with her friend Annabel Crabb. It attracts hundreds of thousands of downloads each month, performs sell-out live shows around Australia and covers subjects ranging from arts and culture to friendship and grief.

Leigh Sales has been recognised with many honours and awards, including three Walkley awards for journalism and an Order of Australia for her public service. She has also been awarded an honorary doctorate from Edith Cowan University.

She has two sons and studies the cello in her spare time.