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Jo Chandler

Freelance journalist, author, editor & educator

Jo Chandler is an award-winning freelance journalist, author, editor and educator. Her focus is on explanatory, boots-on-the-ground reporting across a diverse range of topics: science; environment; health; human rights; women’s and children’s issues; aid and development. She has filed from assignments across Africa, remote Australia, Antarctica, Afghanistan and, frequently over the past decade, Papua New Guinea. She has earned numerous distinctions for her storytelling, including Walkley and Quill awards, the Bragg Prize for Science Writing, the George Munster Award for Independent Journalism and the ACFID Media Award. Formerly a long-time senior staffer at The Age, her work has featured in The Monthly, The Guardian, ABC Radio National, Good Weekend, The Sydney Morning Herald, Cosmos, The Weekend Australian Magazine, Griffith Review, New Scientist, The Global Mail (vale), BBC.co and Undark, amongst others. She is an Honorary Fellow of the Deakin University Contemporary Histories Group, a journalism lecturer at the University of Melbourne and Monash Universities, the editor of Best Australian Science Writing 2016 (NewSouth), and author of “Feeling The Heat” (Dispatches from the Climate Front Line – MUP).