Meri Fatin

Award-winning journalist and former ABC producer with a unique approach to interviewing and panel facilitation


Award-winning journalist Meri Fatin is a versatile and sought-after interviewer and panel facilitator, specialising in matters relating to climate action.

A strategic, skilled and values-based proponent for action on climate change, she is an experienced advocate, speaker and broadcaster, with a clear focus on elevating and depoliticising the issue by facilitating impactful climate conversations, often with high profile individuals.

Having immersed herself in the topic of climate change, Meri has developed a clear understanding of the need to employ a moderate tone, clear argument and inclusive positioning whilst being unequivocal on the science. She is accomplished at working in demanding environments, with the ability to guide, inspire and empower, to ultimately draw out the best in people. Empathic and intuitive, Meri is highly skilled in well researched, balanced conversations, producing her own podcast Rare Air, and taking on a broad range of facilitating, interviewing and MC work.

In 2021 she is the curator of the Tipping Point series of public talks for WA Museum Boola Bardip as well as convening her own events in WA.

Previous experience:

Facilitator: For well over a decade, Meri has been chairing challenging conversations for clients including the Perth Writers Festival, the Fremantle Arts Centre, Department of Health, Department of Culture and the Arts and the Disrupted Festival of Ideas with topics ranging from climate science to gender politics, public policy and the cultural interface between China and Australia. Among her high profile guests are Margaret Atwood, 5:2 Diet guru Dr Michael Mosley, an eminent researcher on regenerative medicine Professor Nadia Rosenthal, chef Matthew Evans and journalists Waleed Aly, Stan Grant and Leigh Sales.

Interviewer: Meri is a versatile interviewer with a reputation for impeccable research and detail. In 2020 she hosted Christiana Figueres, former Executive Secretary of the UNFCCC in Perth, and curated the speakers and audience for TEDxPerth Countdown: WA Climate Leadership Summit. Previously she led the interviewing team for Perth Festival and the Empathy Museum’s “A Mile in My Shoes” project, giving audiences a chance to gain extraordinary insight into the lives of ordinary West Australians, including a sex worker, a militant activist, a shark attack victim and the mother of a transgender man. These stories have travelled the world with the Empathy Museum and are now available as a podcast.

Radio: Meri is a graduate of the esteemed WAAPA Broadcasting course. A former ABC producer, she is also a long-time music program presenter at community radio station RTRFM.
In 2006 Meri won Best Radio in the United Nations Media Peace Awards. She has subsequently co-won Best Radio News Story in the WA Media Awards 2012, the Daily News Centenary Prize for the WA Journalist of the Year 2013. From 2015-17 Meri presented WritingWA’s monthly Cover to Cover series for Westlink TV.