Rae Johnston is a multi-award-winning STEM journalist, proud Wiradjuri woman, mother, broadcaster, voice actor and MC. Rae is the first ever Science and Technology Editor for NITV, host of That Startup Show and voices “Janali Banks” in the upcoming children’s animated series for ABC & Nine, Space Nova.
A proud Wiradjuri woman, Rae is passionate about Indigenous Science - a topic she promotes as a member of the STREAMS network and explores hosting NITV’s children’s series Rewired. Rae also makes regular appearances hosting The Feed and Small Business Secrets.
With almost a decade of experience appearing on every national television and radio news program in Australia, Rae is a leading commentator on all things science, technology, video games and geek culture.
Rae is an enthusiastic, professional and passionate MC, hosting conferences and festivals all over the country.
Rae is a part of the prestigious “brains trust” Leonardos group for The Science Gallery Melbourne, a Mentor with The Working Lunch program supporting entry-level women in STEM and an Ambassador for both St Vincent De Paul and the Australian STEM Video Game Challenge.
Rae was formerly Editor of Junkee, Australia's smartest and most original pop culture title.
Avatars are people too | Rae Johnston | TEDxUltimoGames come in many forms, even social media. How do they effect players, and how can we play in a way that helps create healthy online communities? Rae Johnston is a technology, video game, comic & pop culture expert. She presents news and opinions in a way that can be appreciated by hardcore fans and newcomers alike. With a regular consumer technology segment on Channel Nine's "MORNINGS" and the former Lifestyle Editor of TechLife magazine, in 2013 she was a finalist in the "Best New Journalist" category in the 2013 Microsoft IT Journalism Awards. A proud Wiradjuri woman with Greek, Irish, Welsh, German and apparently also Mongolian ancestry, she is a mother of a soon-to-be-teenage son best known as my Padawan. Rae's film work has been screened at numerous film festivals worldwide, including Cannes, Tropfest, Newtown Flicks, International Horror Film Festival, Flickerfest, Byron Bay Film Festival and Dungog Film Festival. Highlights include "The Chuck In", an all-Indigenous production directed by Jon Bell. Rae’s isn’t afraid to stand up for herself and female gamers. She is quick to remind us of the real-life person behind the avatar.