Speakers Profile - Lisa Millar

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Lisa Millar is the co-host of ABC News Breakfast, a regular on the ABC's popular Back Roads program and the voice of the smash hit show, Muster Dogs.

She is also the author of the best-selling memoir, Daring To Fly.

Lisa was one of the ABC's longest serving and most respected foreign correspondents, spending more than a decade as bureau chief in the US and Europe.

Her first posting in Washington DC began in the months after the September 11 terrorist attacks and she was witness to a period of extraordinary turmoil and terror in the following years.

Most recently Lisa was the Bureau Chief in Europe during a period of extraordinary turmoil and terror, guiding a team that covered attacks in Paris, Barcelona and London among others.

She began her career in Gympie in country Queensland has kept a close connection with regional communities ever since.

She worked at The Sun newspaper in Brisbane, Win TV in Townsville and began her career with the ABC as the North Queensland reporter.

She spent time cover federal politics and hosted the now defunct Stateline program in Queensland before beginning her foreign career.

Lisa has had a lot of fun along the way and even scored an interview with Fidel Castro before he stepped down as Cuban president.

But her empathy and approach to stories of extraordinary grief and trauma has won her praise including her continuing work with the families who lost children during the Sandy Hook school shooting in the US.

Her book Daring to Fly was long-listed by the Australian Book Industry Association in the best memoir category.

It details her childhood in country Queensland, her journey to overcome a debilitating fear of flying and a wildly overly ambitious attempt at an Olympic distance triathlon. She also lifts the curtain to give readers an inside look at the life of a foreign correspondent.

She was a director on the board of the Dart Centre for Journalism and Trauma, an international organization looking at the impact of trauma on members of the media.

Lisa can mix the funny with the serious and has MC'd events for Australian embassies in the US and the UK and is a popular keynote speaker in Australia.