Sales hosting a Global Town Hall with Hillary Rodham Clinton (January 2013)
|Born||Leigh Peta Sales
10 May 1973
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
|Education||Aspley State High School|
|Alma mater||Queensland University of Technology
|Employer||Australian Broadcasting Corporation|
|Children||Daniel & James|
Sales was a journalist with the Nine Network in Brisbane before joining the ABC and is a graduate of Deakin University (Master of International Relations) and Queensland University of Technology (Bachelor of Journalism).
Sales presented Lateline on Monday, Thursday and Friday nights (with Tony Jones in the role on Tuesdays and Wednesdays). She has been the ABC's National Security Correspondent from 2006 until 2008 and was based in Sydney. Sales was the network's Washington correspondent from 2001 to 2005, covering stories including the Iraq War, the 2004 presidential election, Guantanamo Bay and Hurricane Katrina
In January 2013, Sales hosted the 70 minute Townterview—a mix of a town hall and a television interview—with Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton at the Newseum in Washington, DC. It is significant for being the final such program for Clinton as Secretary of State.
Her first book, Detainee 002: The Case of David Hicks, was published in 2007 by Melbourne University Publishing (MUP). The book covers Hicks' case as well as a detailed explanation of the Bush administration's detainee policy in the War on Terror and the Australian government's cooperation. Her essay, "On Doubt", was published in 2009 as part of MUP's series Little Books on Big Themes which has featured Germaine Greer, David Malouf, Blanche d'Alpuget and Barrie Kosky. She has written for The Monthly and her work has occasionally appeared in The Australian, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, and before their demise, The Diplomat and The Bulletin.
Sales writes a fortnightly blog called Well-readhead, mostly about books and reading. It includes a list of ten interesting things to read, watch or listen to. It appears on both the ABC's The Drum website and News Limited's The Punch.
Sales is married to Phil Willis and they have two children, Daniel and James.
Awards and recognition
- 2005: Walkley Award for best Radio Current Affairs reporting on Guantanamo Bay 
- 2007: George Munster Award for Independent Journalism for Detainee 002
- 2012: Walkley Award for Broadcasting and Online Interviewing 
- On Doubt (2009)
- Detainee 002: The Case of David Hicks (2007)
- "Anchor woman" by Helen Pitt, Daily Life, Fairfax Media, 14 February 2012.
- "The Sales Report", The Sydney Morning Herald (16 December 2012)
- "7.30 About Us", Australian Broadcasting Corporation (21 February 2013)
- "Australian moderates Clinton's farewell talkfest", The Sydney Morning Herald (30 January 2013)
- "Detainee 002: the case of David Hicks". Smh.com.au. 2007-05-18. Retrieved 12 February 2014.
- Detainee 002: The Case of David Hicks. Books.google.com.au. Retrieved 12 February 2014.
- "ABC Journalist wins George Munster Journalism Award", Australian Broadcasting Corporation (13 September 2009)
- "Leigh Sales wins Walkley for best interview", Australian Broadcasting Corporation (1 December 2012)
- Leigh Sales on Twitter
- Leigh Sales at The Punch
- ABC Biography
- Detainee 002: The Case of David Hicks at Melbourne University Publishing
- "Book to tell torture tales when Hicks cannot" by Penelope Debelle, The Age (4 April 2007)
Presenter (Monday, Tuesday & Friday)
Kerry O'Brien as The 7.30 Report