On Monday, September 8, multi award-winning journalist and author, Leigh Sales will return from maternity leave to again host ABC’s flagship TV current affairs program, 7.30 from Monday to Thursdays.
“Having time at home with my boys has been rewarding and now I'm ready to come back,” says Leigh.
“I've been struck by how tumultuous world affairs have been during my absence and I'm eager to cover those developments. Of course, federal politics is always fascinating and I look forward to continuing the program's tradition of holding our political leaders to account.”
Leigh has a well earned reputation for thorough, fair and agenda-setting interviews. As recently as 2012, she won the Walkley Award for Broadcasting and Online Interviewing.
Many of her most talked about interviews have become viral sensations in their own right – Leigh’s 2012 interview with Tony Abbott for example clocked almost 400,000 views on YouTube.
The gravitas and credibility of 7.30, combined with Leigh Sales’ reputation as one of our most gifted journalists, sees the program attract the most significant and influential local and international guests of any current affairs program in Australia.
Prior to joining 7.30 in 2011, Leigh presented Lateline, was the ABC’s National Security Correspondent and Washington Correspondent, covering stories including the aftermath of September 11, the Iraq War, the 2004 Presidential Election and Hurricane Katrina.
In 2013, Leigh was handpicked by Hillary Clinton to host her final town hall interview as US Secretary of State.
In 2005, Leigh won her first Walkley Award, Australia’s highest journalism honour, for her coverage of Guantanamo Bay and the case of David Hicks. Her subsequent book, Detainee 002, was shortlisted for the 2008 Victorian Literary Prize and won the 2007 George Munster award for independent journalism.
Leigh worked for the Nine Network before joining the ABC and her writing has appeared in The Australian, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Monthly, TheSpectator and The Australian Literary Review.
Friday’s continue to be the local 7.30 state editions.