Zeina Khodr – Paper + Spark
Initially training as a classical violinist, Kumi Taguchi has spent over two decades building an expansive and illustrious career in media, from radio, television, current affairs, and long-form documentary. Most recently, Kumi has been welcomed as the new host of SBS’s flagship current affairs program Insight, ‘Australia’s leading forum for ideas’. Prior to Insight Kumi has held a number of roles at the biggest names in Australian media including ABC, Classic FM, Triple J; as well as Star TV and Asian Television in Hong Kong.
A regular host of major live events, Kumi has graced the stage for the Australian of the Year Awards, Stargazing Live, and The Invictus Games in Sydney in 2018, broadcasting to a global audience of 60 million. Outside of the workplace, Kumi is always up for an adventure, especially one that pushes her physical and mental limits. She has reported live from the Sydney to Hobart yacht race, and has run two half marathons and a marathon in central Australia!
Leigh Sales AM is a multi award-winning author and journalist at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and for twelve years, anchored the network’s prime time current affairs program 7.30. She has been the face of the ABC’s major events coverage, including federal election and budget nights. She has interviewed every living Australian Prime Minister and innumerable world leaders and celebrities from Hillary Clinton and Tony Blair to Paul McCartney and Elton John. Leigh has held numerous roles at the ABC, including as Washington Correspondent, and is a three-time winner of Australia’s highest journalist prize, the Walkley Award. She’s the author of four books, including the national bestseller Any Ordinary Day and most recently Well, Hello. Leigh also co-hosts a wildly popular podcast with Annabel Crabb called Chat 10 Looks 3.
It attracts hundreds of thousands of downloads monthly and has an associated facebook group with almost 40,000 members. In 2018, Leigh was awarded the Order of Australia for her services to Journalism. She has a Bachelor of Journalism and a Master of International Relations and was awarded Deakin University’s 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award.