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Leigh Sales is an Australian journalist and author. She is the host of the Australian television channel ABC’s news and current affairs program 7.30. In 2019, she was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia for her services to broadcast journalism.
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Leigh Peta Sales AM was born on May 10, 1973 (age 48 years) in Brisbane, Australia. He attended Aspley State High School in that city. She received a bachelor of journalism from the Queensland University of Technology and a Master of International Relations from Deakin University.
Leigh Sales joined the ABC in Brisbane in 1995. Since then, she has held several prominent roles with the ABC and was a New South Wales political reporter covering the 1999 and 2007 state elections. In addition, she reported on the 2000 Summer Olympics.
Sales were the network’s Washington correspondent from 2001 to 2005. The stories which she covered included the Iraq War, the 2004 presidential election, Guantanamo Bay and Hurricane Katrina.
From 2008 to 2010, Sales was a co-host of the ABC’s Lateline, late-night national current affairs show with a heavy emphasis on federal politics and international affairs. She was the ABC’s national security correspondent from 2006 until 2008 and was based in Sydney.
In 2011, Sales was appointed anchor of ABC’s current affairs program, 7.30. She has interviewed every living Australian prime minister and many world leaders and celebrities, including Hillary Clinton, the Dalai Lama, Aung San Suu Kyi, Sir Paul McCartney, Patti Smith, and Salman Rushdie.
Leigh Sales first book, Detainee 002: The Case of David Hicks, was published in 2007 by Melbourne University Publishing (MUP). The book covers Hicks’ case as well as a detailed explanation of the Bush administration’s detainee policy in the War on Terror and the Australian government’s cooperation.
Sales’ second book, On Doubt, was published in 2009 as part of MUP’s series Little Books on Big Themes. It covers the rise of opinion in place of straight news reporting and the value of bringing a sceptical mindset to politics and policy, instead of ideological certainty. A second edition was published in 2017, with an additional chapter noting the Trump presidency and the rise of fake news.
Her third book, Any Ordinary Day, was published in October 2018. It examines the way people adapt to life-changing blindsides, drawing on Sales’ personal experience as well as her years covering high-profile news events that drastically changed people’s lives.
Sales’ writing has also regularly appeared in major Australian publications, including The Monthly, The Australian, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age and, before its demise, The Bulletin.
In the wake of fellow ABC presenters Hamish Macdonald and Lisa Millar both deactivating their Twitter accounts due to the high level of personal abuse they received on the platform, Sales wrote an opinion piece for the ABC in September 2021 exploring the issue of bullying received by journalists on Twitter which she described as “insidious” and “unhinged”. This in turn prompted a public conversation on the topic.
In November 2014, Sales started a podcast with Annabel Crabb called Chat 10 Looks 3. It is independent of the work they do for other media outlets and is an opportunity for them to talk about books, movies, television, the media and culture.
Leigh Sales was married to Phil Willis, they had their wedding in 1996. The couple has two children James Christopher Willis and Daniel Oscar Willis. After 20 years of marriage, Sales and her husband Willis separated in December 2016.
Leigh Sales net worth
How much is Leigh Sales worth? Leigh Sales net worth is estimated at around $2 million. Her main source of income is from her career as a media personality. Sales successful career has earned her some luxurious lifestyles and some fancy cars. She is one of the richest and influential journalists in Australia.