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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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Ian Campbell

Ian comes from a long background in radio, starting in community radio at high school in Wollongong. Until March 2016 Ian was Regional Content Manager and Breakfast Presenter for ABC South East NSW - covering towns like Bega, Merimbula, Batemans Bay,...
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Glynis Quinlan

Glynis Quinlan is a journalist, public relations practitioner and trainer in writing skills who loves travel, photography and movies. Glynis hails from the small country town of Kempsey on the mid North Coast of NSW and has lived in Canberra for the ...
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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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Lachlan Roberts

Lachlan Roberts is a Canberra born and bred journalist. He is a big fan of all sports and is passionate about his favourite teams the Raiders, Liverpool, and Essendon. He loves to investigate, write, listen and analyse. Contact him at lroberts@the-ri...
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Nina Gbor

Nina Gbor is a personal stylist who advocates for sustainability in the fashion industry. Styling people to look and feel beautiful in their own unique way is what she does. She coined the phrase ‘get off the fashion trend-mill’ which means indiv...
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Ruwendi Wakwella

Ruwendi (a.k.a. Wendy) is a current Postgraduate student at the Australian National University, studying Diplomacy. A graduate of Macquarie University in Sydney, Ruwendi worked in the Not-for-profit field for 3 years, specialising in policy research ...
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Nathan Gubler

Nathan, a.k.a. DJ Nate the Great, presents LocalNLive - a radio show dedicated to Canberra's local music - on 2XXFM each Thursday. He is also a local musician himself....
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Tim Benson

Tim is the Business Development Manager for the RiotACT. Prior to joining the RiotACT, Tim was the Founder and Publisher of B2B Magazine....
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Rebecca Vassarotti

Rebecca Vassarotti is an independent consultant who works with the local and national community sector. She sits as a community member of ACT Civil and Administrative Tribunal, working in areas including guardianship and energy and water. She is a bo...
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Brad Watts

Brad is all-rounder media professional with extensive experience in all forms of news media including television, radio, newspapers and online. As a former Federal Press Gallery journalist and ‘news breaker’ in Canberra, Brad has strong affinity ...
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Ariel Larkey

CBR - Canberra Born and Raised. Lived in big-city Spain: Madrid. Lived in small-town France: Annonay. I love languages, literature, music and movies. Foodie. Traveller. Dogs are the best people. Rugby League. Soccer. Tennis. Parkour....
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Elias Hallaj

In 2014 Elias Hallaj (aka CBRfoodie) started a food blog and twitter account to share tips about cheap eats in Canberra. The blog was basically a list designed mainly to practice taking photos and share his recommendations with friends and visitors. ...
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Emma Davidson

Deputy CEO at Women's Centre for Health Matters in Canberra. Emma has spoken at TEDxCanberra and TEDxAdelaide about the importance of listening to marginalised women, and at the Now Hear This storytelling night about the diversity of the Canberra com...
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John Hargreaves

John is a former MLA and minister in the ACT Government. He had many portfolios and brought passion for Tuggeranong and commitment to Canberra with him into the Cabinet Room. He enjoys AFL (Collingwood), food and wine, travel and playing in a rock an...
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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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Suzanne Kiraly

Suzanne Kiraly is a Canberra writer, digital publishing consultant, and book coach. She is the author of the Canberra Business Success Stories series and writes on an eclectic range of subjects on numerous platforms. She is interested in storytelling...
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Maryann Mussared

Maryann is a writer, visual artist, photographer and creative thinker who loves Canberra and the Capital Region. She lived all over the world before she settled in Canberra, has a strong interest in what is good for Canberra and in particular the peo...
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Zoe Pleasants

Zoe is local writer who moved to Canberra in 2003. Once she got here she set about uncovering what this town has to offer, and found that a great way to do this is by writing about it. Over the years Zoe has developed a keen interest in Canberra’s ...
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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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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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Rachel Ziv

Rachel is a freelance copywriter with a passion for business and life in Canberra. As an experienced and qualified writer, she spends her time crafting copy for businesses of all shapes and sizes. Find her at www.rachelziv.com.au....
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Robyn Hendry

Robyn Hendry is the Chief Executive Officer of Canberra Business Chamber. Robyn has worked in senior executive positions for over 20 years in Australia, New Zealand and PNG. Most recently, prior to joining the Canberra Business Chamber, she held the ...
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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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Belconnen Arts Centre

Belconnen Arts Centre 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 B...
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Mirjana Wilson

Mirjana Wilson is the Chief Executive Officer of the Domestic Violence Crisis Service (DVCS) which is a Community Sector organisation that provides 24/7 direct crisis intervention and case management supports to the ACT Community. Mirjana has a long ...
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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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Tim Gavel

Sports commentator with ABC Grandstand since 1988 calling 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 and Women's one day i...
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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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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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Michael Pettersson MLA

Labor Member for Yerrabi in the ACT Legislative Assembly. Michael also serves as Chair of the ACT Legislative Assembly Standing Committee on Education, Employment and Youth Affairs....
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Branka Prodanovic

A happiness enthusiast and avid foodie, Branka loves to explore the nation's capital, one spoonful at a time. She's a veggie lover, coffee drinker, book work, and all-round-creative, always seeking for the next best place eat....
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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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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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Maryann Weston

Maryann Weston is a professional writer, journalist, and communicator, working in private enterprise and for government. She has developed successful communications, marketing and public relations strategies and innovative and engaging media campaign...
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