Madonna King is one of Australia’s most accomplished journalists, having worked at senior levels with News Limited, Fairfax and the ABC, where she presented the Mornings program in Brisbane for six years. Madonna writes for Fairfax’s Good Weekend, has a highly successful weekly column for the Brisbane Times and has a regular radio spot on Brisbane’s 4BC.
She has written seven books, all defined by her skilful reporting and her ability to get people to talk in depth. These include the biographies of Australian of the Year, and inventor of the cervical cancer vaccine Prof Ian Frazer, and former Treasurer and Australian Ambassador to Washington Joe Hockey. Her latest book - already in fourth reprint, is a huge research project into 14-year-old girls, and includes interviews with 200 girls, along with about 50 successful school principals, CEOs and parenting groups.
Madonna has regularly appeared on television, including Q & A and The Drum. With her more than 20 years’ experience across newspapers, radio and television, Madonna is a sought-after facilitator, Master of Ceremonies and speaker. She travels around Australia moderating hypotheticals and topics as varied as leadership, education, politics, business, resources, the law, tourism and the environment. Her experience in the media and politics allows Madonna to provide a fascinating yet entertaining keynote on leadership and girls. The book is called Being 14.
A fellow of the prestigious World Press Institute, Madonna has served as a visiting fellow at the Queensland University of Technology, and on the Walkley Advisory Board for Journalism. She has completed a Diploma in Company Directorships, through the Australian Institute of Company Directors and is on two-for-profit boards.