Ellen Fanning is an award-winning current affairs journalist and an exceptional MC, moderator and facilitator.
Ellen spent the first ten years of her career at the ABC. In 1992, she was appointed the presenter of the prestigious PM program, becoming the youngest person and the first woman to host a national current affairs program for ABC Radio. From 1995, she was the compere of the morning program, AM.
In 1998, Ellen served as the ABC’s Washington correspondent. She was later a reporter on the Nine Network’s 60 Minutes, the last presenter of Nine’s prestigious Sunday program and a columnist on prestigious Australian magazine, The Bulletin.
In 2004, as a freelance documentary maker she completed a six part series Fine Line, which dealt dealing with the ethical dilemmas of journalism. Broadcast on SBS Television, the program is now on the curriculum for high school students in two Australian states and is regularly included in journalism school programs at Universities around the country.
She is currently a senior reporter for The Global Mail Australia’s first philanthropically funded, not-for-profit news and features website. Launched in February 2012, it strives to deliver high quality, original and independent journalism. Ellen is based at Macquarie University, where she serves as an Honorary Fellow, working with final year media students who serves as interns.
Ellen has had extensive experience moderating political, business and community events in Australia. As a facilitator her strength lies in her ability to clarify goals, define roles and reach agreed outcomes across both cultural and language barriers.
Ellen has hosted award ceremonies for government, business groups and industry organisations over many years, including the BRW / ANZ Private Business Awards 2009, Australian Council of Local Government - Commendation and Category Awards and Dinner, 2009; Australian Investor Relationship Awards 2008; and the Prime Minister John Howard's Employer of the Year Awards at the Great Hall, Parliament House.
When engaged as the MC for awards events, Ellen briefs herself fully on the awards and endeavours to discover small details about each winner that she can use to inform her comments during the prize giving. She works closely with the organisers on the script for the evening and makes herself available for full rehearsals prior to the event at a time suitable to the organisers.
An impeccable presenter, Ellen is able to ad-lib and improvise when necessary to keep events flowing and to ensure prize winners and other presenters feel comfortable when delivering their own speeches stage.
With a wealth of experience in communications, politics, social, cultural and business issues, Ellen's informative and stimulating presentations make her an ideal MC, moderator, facilitator and keynote speaker.