This week we’re giving a salute to some of Australia’s leading media female personalities whom we’ve had the pleasure to interview here on Balance. We’ll be hearing from Lisa Wilkinson, Jessica Rowe, Melissa Doyle, Rebecca Gibney and today’s guest Juanita Phillips.
Journalist, author and broadcaster Juanita Phillips says she has never been one to race towards new goals but rather, prefers to wait for one of life’s nudges for when the time is right. Here, Juanita explains how she has learnt to look for the ‘signs’ when it comes to making major life changes.
Juanita Phillips is one of Australia’s most experienced television news anchors. For five years, from 1997 to 2002, she was a news anchor for the world’s two largest news organisations – the BBC and CNN – in London. Since returning to Australia, she has presented the ABC’s prime time 7pm news bulletin in Sydney.
Juanita began her career as a cadet journalist on The Courier-Mail newspaper in Brisbane in 1982, straight from high school. After completing her cadetship, she backpacked around the world for three years, financing her travels with jobs as a magazine journalist in London, a cocktail waitress in San Francisco, a kibbutznik in Israel and a cleaner in Greece. On her return to Australia, she became a senior feature writer and columnist for The Courier-mail, covering social issues and analysing the political fall-out of the Fitzgerald Inquiry in Queensland.
In 1996, Juanita moved to Australia’s first 24-hour news channel, Sky News Australia, as its first prime-time evening anchor. Her lucky break came when she was offered an audition with the BBC. She became the anchor of BBC World’s flagship morning program The World Today, broadcasting to millions of viewers worldwide.