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 Irin Carmon, to hear what’s making headlines, and the stories we need to follow.    

Supported by The Sydney Morning Herald.

Irin Carmon (International)

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Described by The New York Times as being "known for her smarts and feminist bona fides," Irin Carmon is a journalist, author and speaker. She is the co-author of the bestselling book Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg and a contributing writer to the Washington Post's Outlook section. In November, she teamed up with the Washington Post's investigative team to break the long-buried story of sexual harassment allegations against Charlie Rose, which resulted in the television host's firing from CBS and PBS. Previously, Irin was a national reporter at MSNBC and NBC News and a staff writer at Salon and at Jezebel.

Helen Pitt (Aust)

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Helen Pitt began as a cadet journalist at The Sydney Morning Herald in 1986. She has been a reporter and editor of the opinion and letters pages there, as well as a staff writer at The Bulletin magazine. She has lived in the US - working for The New York Times Digital, and France where she was a television reporter for Euronews. Her first book, The House - the extraordinary story of The Sydney Opera House, will be published by Allen & Unwin in August. 


Jacqueline Maley (Australian)

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Jacqueline Maley is a columnist and senior writer for the Sydney Morning Herald and Age newspapers, where she writes about politics, people and social affairs. She has also worked on staff at The Guardian in London and The Australian Financial Review, as well as contributing to numerous other publications including Gourmet Traveller and Marie Claire. In 2016 she won the Kennedy Award for Outstanding Columnist and was nominated for a Walkley Award.

Lisa Davies (Australian)

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Lisa Davies is the Editor of The Sydney Morning Herald. Lisa began her career at the national newswire AAP, and has also worked for the UK's Press Association in London and The Daily Telegraph newspaper in Sydney. Lisa joined Fairfax Media in early 2012. She has held several senior reporting and editing roles including Deputy Editor, Investigations Editor and Justice Editor. In 2016 she was also Fairfax Media's Federal Election Editor. Lisa has had a particular focus on crime and court reporting in her career, including travelling to South Africa to cover the Oscar Pistorius murder trial, and publishing​ a ​book about the inspiring recovery of Sydney bashing victim, Lauren Huxle​y.