Speakers Profile - Andrea Burns

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An award winning journalist, accomplished presenter and course facilitator, Andrea is a familiar face to Western Australian audiences.
As a TV journalist, Andrea has reported on some of the biggest
stories to have made news over the past two decades. As well,
Andrea has been a regular visitor to people's lounge rooms, as back
up host of both the top rating Today Tonight programme, and Channel Seven News.

Armed with a warm manner, a great sense of humour Andrea has easily endeared herself to the public. She mixes comfortably with everyone from senior business executives and political figures, right through to children.

After graduating with a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Western Australia, Andrea was employed as a Training Officer by Aherns - now David Jones. Andrea learnt what it means to handle a crowd, by facilitating daily courses. Programmes ranged from inducting new employees to teaching managers how to get the best from their staff.
Eventually, the lure of journalism proved too strong and Andrea subsequently worked as a reporter, presenter and producer in both news and current affairs over the past 25 years. She has worked with Seven and Ten Networks, ABC and Radio 6PR, and was an opinion columnist for The West Australian.

Andrea was 'head hunted' to join Seven News, here too Andrea proved her worth, as both a reporter and occasional presenter.

Over a period of six years, Andrea was a popular member of the Today Tonight team. Highlights included a week-long odyssey deep into the jungle of Indonesia, to report on the release of Temara, a Perth Zoo orangutan, being released back into the wild- a world exclusive. As well, Andrea grabbed the opportunity to interview Imelda Marcus after happening upon her in a Manila hotel, while in the Philippines filming a story about foreign workers coming to Australia.

These days, Andrea happily juggles her various media commitments, with work presenting, writing and media training private clients. As well, she is Course Coordinator: Post Graduate Diploma of Broadcasting at Edith Cowan University.

Andrea is also a much in demand MC/facilitator for corporate and government conferences, awards evenings and seminars.

MC testimonials:
"Andrea was really well received as facilitator for our Perth event. We had fantastic feedback from the two sessions she hosted. Also, she was very easy to work with. Excellent performance."
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