Speakers Profile - Allison Langdon

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Allison Langdon, who joins 60 Minutes in 2011, has been a journalist with the Nine Network for 10 years.

Langdon moved to Nine's flagship current affairs program after co-anchoring the network's coverage of the Queensland flood disaster and co-hosting the telethon that raised more than $10 million for the victims. She also spent the summer presenting the Weekend Evening News and the Today Show.

In 2010, Langdon covered several major stories overseas. While in South Africa for the FIFA World Cup she was sent to Cameroon to cover the plane crash that killed six Australian mining executives. She later covered the tightly contested British election.

Langdon reported on the dawn service for the 95th anniversary of Gallipoli and the canonisation of Australia's first saint, Mary MacKillop, in Rome.

At home, she played a key role in Nine's award-winning coverage of the Australian federal election and hosted the prime-time documentary A Royal Engagement when Prince William and Kate Middleton announced their plans to marry.

In 2009, while on secondment to Nine's Los Angeles bureau, she travelled to Juarez in Mexico to report on the violence unleashed by drug cartels that has claimed more than 28,000 lives in recent times.

Other major news events Langdon has covered for Nine include the bombing of the Australian embassy in Jakarta, and the return to Balibo in East Timor with the families of the five Australian newsmen killed during the Indonesian invasion in 1975. She has also had several assignments in China.

Langdon was also one of the first journalists to report on the devastation of the small town of Marysville in Victoria's Black Saturday bushfires.

She wrote the book The Child Who Never Was - The Tegan Lane Story (released in 2007) after covering the inquest into the disappearance of the baby born to former water polo champion, Keli Lane. In December 2010, Lane was convicted of the baby's murder.