Contributors


Genevieve Jacobs

Genevieve Jacobs has been a journalist for 30 years, working in print and radio. Her career began with rural newspapers on the South West Slopes, she has freelanced for national magazines and spent a decade with ABC Radio Canberra. She works with a w...
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Ian Bushnell

Ian Bushnell is a career journalist and a former News Editor and Chief of Reporting staff at The Canberra Times, where he was at the centre of some of the capital’s biggest stories. A Canberra resident since 1995, he and his partner have raised thr...
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Dominic Giannini

Dominic Giannini is a journalist who first started working as a newsreader on community radio in Sydney. Originating from the Harbour City, Dominic studied politics and international relations before moving to Canberra to cover local stories. With a ...
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Kim Treasure

Kim Treasure has been a journalist for more than 35 years, working across regional NSW and Canberra in print, radio and online. She began her career at the Newcastle Herald with Fairfax Media and managed almost 40 mastheads across Southern NSW before...
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Edwina Mason

Edwina Mason has worked as a journalist and editor in regional and metropolitan media for over 30 years. Her loop of NSW regional newspapers includes Young, Griffith, Armidale, Singleton, Camden and Queanbeyan before she joined Eric Beecher's Text Me...
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Karyn Starmer

Karyn Starmer is a second career journalist working freelance in print, radio and online media after completing a Masters in Journalism. Karyn began her working life as a financial markets trader for an international bank but wandered away from Sydne...
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Tim Gavel

Sports commentator with ABC Grandstand for over 30 years Tim Gavel has called a range of sports including NRL, Super Rugby, Wallabies, Rowing World Cups, Rugby World Cups, Socceroos, Matildas, Opals, Boomers, WNBL, NBL, International Netball, Men's a...
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Hannah Sparks

Hannah Sparks is a regional journalist based in the Southern Tablelands of NSW. She has eight years of experience reporting stories for print and broadcast media including Fairfax Media and ABC Canberra. Home was originally a farm in Devon, UK, where...
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Hayden Fritzlaff

Hayden is a writer, musician, and all-around Canberra enthusiast. After studying music and English at ANU, Hayden has worked with a number of Canberra-based arts and media organisations. When he's not writing, Hayden can usually be found watching the...
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Alex Rea

Alex Rea has worked in print media and the arts for three decades, including 12 years as Editor of the Braidwood Times. Born and raised in Canberra, Alex has a keen interest rural and regional communities....
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John Thistleton

John Thistleton’s 30-plus years in the print media began at Cowra, and includes stints in Young, Wellington, Leeton, Crookwell, Queanbeyan, Goulburn, and, over 12 years, the Canberra Times. As a reporter and managing editor John has watched the med...
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Rebecca Vassarotti MLA

Rebecca Vassarotti a member of the ACT Legislative Assembly, elected for the ACT Greens in the seat of Kurrajong for the 2020 Territory election. Prior to her election, Rebecca worked in the health and human services sector, in a range of senior exec...
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Wendy Johnson

Wendy Johnson has a Master’s Degree in Journalism, an Executive Certificate in Event Management and a few other quals under her belt. She has a nose for news and loves writing about the people who make Canberra a very special capital indeed. Wendy ...
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Jane Speechley

Jane Speechley is an experienced freelance writer whose natural curiosity and interest in cars mean she knows enough to hold a decent conversation. While happily admitting her Toyota 86 makes promises her street driving can’t quite keep, she’s re...
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Emma Davidson

Emma Davidson is the ACT's Minister for Disability, Minister for Justice Health, Minister for Mental Health, Assistant Minister for Families and Community Services and Member for Murrumbidgee. She holds one of the six Greens seats in the 10th Legisla...
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Michelle Robertson

Michelle Robertson is CEO of the RSPCA-ACT. In addition to her for-purpose and community sector experience, she holds varied executive experience gleaned across a broad range of business sectors. Michelle shares licks and cuddles from their rescue do...
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Tuggeranong Arts Centre

Tuggeranong Community Arts Association has been operating out of the Tuggeranong Arts Centre for over 20 years. Our programs, including Fresh Funk and The Messengers Program, invite the community to practice and appreciate art and its relevance to lo...
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Belco Arts

Belco Arts is a place to celebrate, undertake creative journeys, share stories and make memories. Opening in September 2009, it has swiftly established itself as an essential and driven community arts organisation. The core philosophy of Belco Arts i...
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RSPCA ACT

RSPCA ACT is an independent, non-government community-based charity providing animal care and protection services. We are based in Weston Creek in the ACT....
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Guest Contributor

The RiotACT occasionally publishes work from guest contributors who are not regular contributors, and thus do not have profiles. This profile and all content published under this profile has been approved and uploaded by The RiotACT editorial team....
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Sophia Brady

Sophia is a marketing & communications professional with a passion for sharing the best of the Canberra Region....
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Gavin Dennett

Born and raised in the ACT, Gavin is an information management graduate from the University of Canberra who has worked as a journalist and sub-editor for magazines and online publications for 25 years. Starting as a street press music writer, he prog...
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Andrew Barr ACT Chief Minister

Andrew Barr is the Chief Minister of the ACT. A longtime Canberran, he has been a Labor Party member for the seat of Molonglo in the ACT Legislative Assembly since 2006, and was elected as Chief Minister in 2014. He holds the portfolios of Treasury, ...
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Amelia Bidgood

Amelia Bidgood is a communications professional, small business owner, freelance writer and Founder and Editor of Eat Canberra and Eat Canberra Food Tours (www.eatcanberra.com.au). She is Canberra's walking, talking food guide and has called the nati...
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Tara Cheyne MLA

Tara is the member for Ginninderra (covering most of Belconnen) in the ACT Legislative Assembly and Government Whip....
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Katrina Condie

A former Rural Press journalist and award-winning Fairfax newspaper editor on the NSW South Coast for more than 25 years, Katrina also has three years’ experience in property marketing with Raine & Horne’s leading principal. She runs her own ...
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Sally Hopman

Long time Canberra journalist Sally Hopman will be familiar to readers from her years at The Canberra Times, where she wrote extensively about Canberra and the Capital Region before joining the National Library. She began her career as a cadet journ...
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Elizabeth Lee MLA

Assistant Speaker | Shadow Minister for Disability | Shadow Minister for the Environment | Liberal for Kurrajong | ACT Legislative Assembly...
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Andrew Leigh MP

Andrew Leigh is the Shadow Assistant Treasurer and Federal Member for Fenner in the ACT. Prior to being elected in 2010, Andrew was a professor of economics at the Australian National University. He holds a PhD in public policy from Harvard, having g...
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Albert McKnight

Raised on the NSW South Coast, Albert studied psychology at the University of Wollongong before starting in journalism. He has seven years’ experience as a reporter in the region covering a multitude of issues, from politics and police, to court an...
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Max O'Driscoll

Max O'Driscoll is early in his journalism career having spent most of 2021 working with a local newspaper in the Yass Valley. Originally from Melbourne, he is nearing completion of his double degree in Business and Media Communications at Monash Univ...
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Mark Parton MLA

Liberal Member for Brindabella in the ACT Legislative Assembly. Shadow Minister for Housing and Gaming and Racing. Keen cyclist. West Coast Eagles AFL fan and kitchen man....
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Zoya Patel

Zoya Patel is the award-winning author of No Country Woman, a memoir of race, religion and feminism. She is also the founder of feminist literary organisation, Feminartsy. Zoya has won numerous awards for her writing and editing, and has been publish...
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Michelle Rowe

Michelle Rowe has worked for publications including the Bangkok Post, the UK’s Daily and Sunday Mirror newspapers and Australia’s Woman’s Day magazine during her 25-year journalism career. Her roles as a food columnist and travel editor with Th...
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Rachel Stephen-Smith MLA

Member for Kurrajong and Minister in the ACT Government. Interests include life in #HeartofCBR, community, progressive politics, planning, design. Also horses....
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Lottie Twyford

Lottie Twyford is an early career journalist, most often seen with a long black in hand. She recently graduated from the ANU with a degree in International Relations and Arts where she developed a passion for all things French - particularly wine. Ha...
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Marg Wade

Marg Wade left her teaching job to write and self-publish the first edition of 'Canberra Secrets' — a guidebook to Canberra, because she was sick of people bagging Canberra. Now, over two decades later, she has published three editions of Canberra ...
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