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Three time foreign correspondent, journalist and author.

When you talk to people you disagree with, you learn things.

Zoe Daniel has spent almost 3 decades on the front line of news and current events, in Australia and internationally, living and working in some of the most challenging environments in the world.

She translated the election of Donald Trump for Australians and has brought insights from Southeast Asia, Africa and the Americas home, illuminating key global events.

Current Work:

Zoe is a 3-time foreign correspondent and former ABC News United States Bureau chief. She was based in Washington DC from late 2015 until the end of 2019 and was one of the few journalists who saw the rise of Donald Trump coming. While in the United States, she travelled to 44 states and territories from Alaska to Puerto Rico.

Zoe has reported on politics, conflict, famine, natural disasters, plane crashes, terror attacks, mass shootings, repression, economic collapse and poverty across the world in countries as diverse as the USA, Mexico, Venezuela, Sudan, Sierra Leone, Zimbabwe, Burma, Vietnam and Vanuatu. She has met and interviewed displaced people, refugees, soldiers, voters, businesspeople, women and children and families, Prime Ministers and Presidents.

She is the author of Storyteller, which provides a personal insight into her life as a foreign correspondent while juggling a family, and Angel, a novel for young teens about Typhoon Haiyan in the. Philippines.

Zoe’s new book, Greetings from Trumpland, with colleague Roscoe Whalan was released in March 2021.
Previous Experience:

Zoe was the ABC’s South East Asia correspondent from 2009 to 2013 and provided on-the-ground coverage of stories ranging from major political events to natural disasters including civil unrest and political protests in Bangkok, the reform process in Myanmar and the devastation caused by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.
Between 2005 and 2006, Zoe was the ABC’s Africa correspondent.

Zoe grew up in Tasmania and began her career in journalism as a radio producer in South Australia. She then reported on rural issues in New South Wales, Tasmania and Victoria before becoming a business reporter and then a general reporter working across the spectrum of ABC News and Current Affairs programs.

Talking Points


Why did people vote for Donald Trump, in 2016, and even more so in 2020? Who are they and what happens to them in a (so-called) post Trump era? What lessons can be learnt from the unprecedented period that was the Trump administration and where does the world go from here?

Fake news, information manipulation and combative politics

How do our politicians use information for their own gain? How did the term 'fake news' become cover for inconvenient truths? How do news deserts fragment our democracy? Why can't people have civil disagreements anymore, and is social media a good thing?

Life as a foreign correspondent in a 24 hour news cycle

What's it like to be a foreign correspondent amid the spin cycle of 24 hours news? A candid, behind the scenes look at life as an international journalist and life as a working mum on the frontline of global events.
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