Monica Attard is best known in her role as one of the ABC’s most senior journalists. She has served the corporation overseas as well as having presented some of its most high profile current affairs programs.
Russia: In 1990 she was posted to Moscow as Soviet Communism was collapsing. She witnessed and reported on the coup against Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, the collapse of Soviet communism, the rise of Boris Yeltsin’s cowboy capitalism. During her posting to the region, she covered countless ethnic wars within the borders of the old Soviet Union.
Awards: Monica was awarded an Order of Australia for her services to journalism in 1990. In 1991 she scooped the pool with five Walkley Awards for her work in Russia, including the Gold Walkley.
Host: On her return to Australia, Monica hosted PM for four years and then The World Today.
Sunday Profile: In 1991 she began the award winning current affairs show ‘Sunday Profile’ which quickly established itself as a natural meeting place for newsmakers. Monica was awarded two Walkley Awards for Best Broadcast Interviewer for her work on ‘Sunday Profile’, bringing her total Walkley count to five.
Media Watch: In 2006 she was appointed host of Media Watch on ABC TV and she returned for a second season in 2007.
Professor:Monica was awarded a full Professorship at UTS in July 2018 and is now Head of Journalism at UTS, Sydney.