Monica Attard was one of the ABC's most senior journalists, after a 28-year career with the national broadcaster. She served the corporation overseas and presented some of its most high profile current affairs programs.In 1990...
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Monica Attard's Biography
Monica Attard was one of the ABC's most senior journalists, after a 28-year career with the national broadcaster. She served the corporation overseas and presented some of its most high profile current affairs programs.
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 and 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, including the first Chechen war.
Monica Attard was awarded an Order of Australia for her services to journalism in 1990. In 1991 she scooped the pool with 3 Walkley Awards for her work in Russia, including the Gold Walkley for excellence in journalism.
On her return to Australia in 1994, Monica hosted ABC Radio's PM for four years and then The World Today.
In 2001 she created the award-winning radio current affairs show Sunday Profile which quickly established itself as a natural meeting place for newsmakers. The show was heard on two ABC Radio networks - ABC Local Radio nationally and ABC Radio National.
Monica Attard was awarded two Walkley Awards for Best Broadcast Interviewing for her work on Sunday Profile, bringing her total Walkley count to five.
In 2006 she was appointed host of Media Watch on ABC TV and she returned for a second season in 2007.
She has a law degree and is the creator and former Managing Editor of The Global Mail.
Monica is now working with CNN International, based in Sydney.