Some things are worth getting up early for, especially when coffee and great conversation are guaranteed. Catch up on the news with The Sydney Morning Herald at the Festival’s first session of the day. Join SMH editors and journalists, and special guest Alec Luhn, to hear what’s making headlines, and the stories we need to follow.

Supported by The Sydney Morning Herald.

Alec Luhn (International)

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Alec Luhn is the Russia correspondent for The Daily Telegraph and has previously written for Time, Politico, The New York Times and The Guardian, among others. He covered the Russian protest movement, the Sochi Olympics, the annexation of Crimea and the revolution and war in Ukraine. He is working on a book related to the Russian interference in the 2016 US election.

Nick O'Malley (Australian)

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Nick O'Malley is a senior writer for the Sydney Morning Herald writing on national an international affairs. As Fairfax Media's United States Correspondent he covered the past two presidential elections and has previously covered state and federal politics.

Deborah Snow (Australian)

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Deborah Snow is a senior writer for Fairfax Media and the Sydney Morning Herald. In the early 1990’s she was the Moscow correspondent for ABC TV, and later the London-based European correspondent for the national broadcaster. Over the course of a four-decade career in journalism, Deborah has also worked in the press gallery in Canberra for the Australian Financial Review, and as a reporter for Four Corners. She is currently working on her first book, on the Lindt Café siege.  

Jason Steger (Australian)

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Jason Steger is Fairfax's literary editor and a regular panellist on ABC TV's The Book Club