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Award-winning journalist and former ABC producer with a unique approach to interviewing and panel facilitation

We all love stories, but it’s uncommon to be given proper space to tell them.

Award-winning journalist and former ABC producer, Meri Fatin is a versatile and sought-after interviewer and panel facilitator.

Current Work:

After several years producing at ABC Perth, in 2014 she went solo, producing her own podcast Rare Air, and taking on a broad range of facilitating, interviewing and MC work.

Previous experience:

Facilitator: For well over a decade, Meri has been chairing challenging conversations for clients including the Perth Writers Festival, the Fremantle Arts Centre, Department of Health, Department of Culture and the Arts and the Disrupted Festival of Ideas with topics ranging from gender politics to public policy on obesity, and the cultural interface between China and Australia.

Among her guests are Big Little Lies author Liane Moriarty, 5:2 Diet guru Dr Michael Mosley, eminent researcher on regenerative medicine Professor Nadia Rosenthal, chef Matthew Evans and journalists Waleed Aly, Stan Grant and Leigh Sales.

Interviewer: Meri is a versatile interviewer with a reputation for impeccable research and detail. In 2016 she led the interviewing team for Perth Festival and the Empathy Museum’s “A Mile in My Shoes” project, giving audiences a chance to gain extraordinary insight into the lives of ordinary West Australians, including a sex worker, a militant activist, a shark attack victim and the mother of a transgender man. These stories have travelled the world with the Empathy Museum and are now available as a podcast.

Speaker: Meri speaks with authority on the art of communication and what she has learned from her experiences in the media. Her interests range from arts to science and her life experiences prior to her media work add depth to her understanding.

Radio: From 2015-17 Meri presented WritingWA’s monthly Cover to Cover series for Westlink TV and is a long-time music program presenter at community radio station RTRFM.

In 2006 Meri won the category of Best Radio in the United Nations Media Peace Awards. She has subsequently co-won Best Radio News Story in the WA Media Awards 2012, the Daily News Centenary Prize for the WA Journalist of the Year 2013.

I can honestly say that Meri Fatin is among the best hosts/interviewers I have come across during my speaking career. Meri interviewed me last year for an event in Perth. She was very organised, had clearly mastered her brief and knew a lot about the subject. She was also relaxed and amusing, ensuring the whole event went very smoothly. If you are looking for an interviewer or someone to bring an event together then I would wholeheartedly recommend her. Dr Michael Mosley, TV presenter, journalist and best selling author.
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