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Political Editor, The Australian.


Dennis Shanahan is the Political Editor of The Australian newspaper based in the Canberra Press Gallery, Parliament House.

Previous experience

Editor: He has been the political editor for 15 years and before that was The Australian's Canberra Bureau Chief for ten years.

Correspondent: Before joining The Australian Dennis was State Political Correspondent for The Sydney Morning Herald from 1984 to 1988.

Reporting: Dennis has now worked on metropolitan newspapers for more than 40 years; a majority of that time has been in political reporting in Canberra and Sydney. He has also worked in New York and Melbourne. Dennis reported from Washington on the 2001 terrorist attacks.

Education: He started as a cadet journalist with The Herald, after joining News Limited as copyboy direct from high school, and later studied, while working, at the University of NSW. In 1979 he attained a Masters Degree in Journalism from Columbia University, New York.

Teacher: For two years Dennis taught journalism at Charles Sturt University, Bathurst, while covering rural affairs for the Herald. He was also briefly an adviser to the NSW Attorney-General, John Dowd, QC in 1988.

Personal: Dennis Shanahan is married with nine children and lives in Canberra.

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