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Speakers Profile - Julie McCrossin

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Julie McCrossin talks for a living. She also listens and leads panel discussions with lots of audience participation at seminars, conferences and public forums. She is regularly in demand as an MC for events where she's valued for the way she actively engages audiences with her warmth, intelligence and humour.

Julie presented the social issues program Life Matters on ABC Radio National for 5 years, initially with Geraldine Doogue and then as solo presenter. Prior to Life Matters, Julie was a team leader on the media quiz show Good News Week on Network Ten and on ABC TV.

Julie began working for the ABC back in 1983 on the women's radio program The Coming Out Show. She's presented many Radio National programs including Background Briefing and Arts National, as well as stints on ABC Rural Radio and 702ABC Sydney.

Julie has worked as a TV reporter for both the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras and ANZAC DAY and she's thrilled to live in a country where it is possible to do both. But her proudest media moment was her appearance on ABC TV's Play School as a silent clown called Plain Jane.

Julie has worked as a children's entertainer, literacy teacher and community legal educator. She has university qualifications in the arts, education and law.

In November 2005, ABC Books published 'Forever Yours: Australia's Hidden Love Letters' edited by Julie McCrossin and Kerrie Jean Ross with a foreword by Thomas Keneally.