Leigh Sales is an award winning journalist and author. She anchors the ABC’s flagship nightly currently affairs program, 7.30. Before that she was the co-anchor of the late night news program Lateline. From 2006 to 2008, she was the network’s National Security Correspondent and from 2001 to 2005, Washington Correspondent, covering stories including the aftermath of September 11 and Hurricane Katrina.
She is a two-time recipient of Australia’s highest journalism honour, the Walkley Award, firstly in 2005 for her radio reporting on Guantanamo Bay and then again in 2012 for her interviewing on 7.30.
She has interviewed dozens of world leaders and prominent people, including Hillary Clinton, Tony Blair, Al Gore, Henry Kissinger, Condoleeza Rice and William Hague.
Leigh’s first book, Detainee 002: the Case of David Hicks, was published in 2007 to widespread critical acclaim. It was shortlisted for the 2008 Victorian Premier’s Literary Prize and won the 2007 George Munster Award for Independent Journalism. Leigh’s writing has appeared in The Age, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Australian and The Monthly. Her second book On Doubt was published in 2009 as part of Melbourne University Publishing’s ‘Little Book on Big Themes’ series.
Before joining the ABC, Leigh worked for the Nine Network. She has degrees in international relations and journalism. She has two sons.