Speakers Profile - Monica Attard

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Monica Attard spent 28 years at the ABC, working across radio and television. She was the ABC's Russia correspondent at possibly the best time in modern history to be a Russia correspondent. She reported on the coup against Mikhail Gorbachev, the collapse of Soviet communism, the rise of Boris Yeltsin and his peculiar brand of capitalism and democracy, the first Chechen war and she covered civil wars across the old Soviet Union.

Four years of covering the revolution left her with just enough energy to pump out a book about the events. In 1994, Monica returned to Australia to present ABC Radio's PM. In 2001, she created Sunday Profile on ABC Radio, which earned her two Walkley Awards for Best Broadcast Interviewing. This brought her Walkley count to five, including Gold for excellence in journalism.

Monica hosted Media Watch on ABC TV for two years and also received an Order of Australia for services to journalism. She has a law degree and is the creator and former Managing Editor of The Global Mail. In 2018, she was appointed head of journalism at UTS and given a full professorship. She is currently the co director of the UTS Centre for Media Transition where she researches all things journalism, particularly as the industry navigates its way through the on-going digital evolution. Of particular interest to Monica is the the rise of Ai and its impact on journalism.