...Bloody hell! How lucky can you get? What was the monumental scoop I was sitting on? I knew I had to sit on him but how?
There is much a young journalist can achieve while looking Ok, but concentrating more on being intelligent, engaging and articulate. My first editor Frank Haden taught me that. ‘You’ll get the real stories, Toni, by your personality. Your looks can be a bonus.’
Well, I wasn’t a scrubber, my parents had educated me well – and I could play a role when needed...
Toni McRae is an Australian print and broadcast journalist who has also spent some of her working career in Israel, Europe, Iran and New Zealand.
She has filed national and international scoops and been an integral part of the teams that have won three United Nations Association media peace awards, including the United Nations Association 2009 Promotion of Aboriginal Reconciliation award and both State and National media awards for Older People Speak Out, plus the Queensland Premier’s one-off 2009 Q150 award.
Her editors on The Australian nominated her for the inaugural Australian Journalist of the Year award after she risked her life filing for the Murdoch group worldwide from Iran during the war and US hostage crisis. During the Iran-Iraq War she also wrote and broadcast exclusive reports for America’s NBC Today, the New York Post and BBC Scotland.
She has written five reference books and for eight years was married to an Australian federal politician, Jack Birney, formerly a criminal lawyer. She now lives in Queensland where she is the chief reporter for The Fraser Coast Chronicle.
Exposé: Scandals, Stars and Scoops is Toni McRae’s first autobiography. She waited a long time to make it sing loudly with the big names, the amazing stories, the stunning secrets from the heart and soul of the mysterious Fourth Estate that she has lived and worked in all her life, and respects with passion. She retains a rare appreciation that her readers and listeners remain her daily raison d'être.
Exposé: Scandals, Stars and Scoops by Toni McRae – Award-winning journalist
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