Sharon Mascall

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Sharon Mascall (also known as Sharon Mascall-Dare) is a journalist, broadcaster and writer based in Adelaide, South Australia. Born in Hertfordshire, UK, in 1970, she studied Modern Languages at Wadham College, Oxford University before gaining a postgraduate diploma in Broadcast Journalism from City University, London.

Sharon joined the BBC in 1993, where she produced and presented programmes for both television and radio, specialising in European affairs. In 1999 Sharon moved to Melbourne, Australia, where she worked as a freelance journalist, broadcaster and newsreader for the Australian Broadcasting Corporations's international service, Radio Australia. She presented Radio Australia's news coverage of the bombing of Afghanistan in 2001 and the outbreak of the Iraq War in 2003.

After moving to Australia she also produced radio features for the BBC, and was a regular contributor and columnist for Melbourne's leading broadsheet, The Age. In 2003 she moved to Adelaide, where she has continued to produce radio documentaries for the BBC and write features for Australia's leading newspapers.

In 2006 Sharon was a finalist in the South Australian Media Awards [1]. In the 2007 South Australian Media Awards she won awards for Best Freelance Contribution, and Best Radio Feature, Documentary or Broadcast Special. She was also voted Best South Australian Radio Broadcaster [2]. In the 2009 awards, she again won the award for Best Freelance Contribution [3]. In 2010, she won Best Radio Documentary, Best Freelance Contribution and was again named Best Radio Broadcaster in recognition of her investigative reporting [4]. In 2011, she was commended by the Walkley Awards judging panel for her documentary series 'The Big House', broadcast on BBC World Service and ABC Radio in July and August 2011 [5]. In the 2012 SA Media Awards, Sharon won the award for Best Radio Current Affairs, and for the third time was voted the Best Radio Broadcaster [6].

Internationally, she was nominated for an Amnesty International Media Award in 2008 in recognition of her reporting on human rights. In 2013, her BBC World Service documentary 'Anzac'[7] won bronze (for best history program) and silver (for best writing) awards at the International Radio Awards in New York [8]. Co-presented with the Australian author and historian, Thomas Keneally, 'Anzac' was also rebroadcast as part of the ABC's coverage of Anzac Day in 2013 [9].

As an academic researcher, Sharon's main areas of interest are journalism ethics, ethnographic journalism and media coverage of Anzac Day. She is the author of the Anzac Day Media Style Guide [10] published online by Monash University [11] in Melbourne, and co-author of 'Not for Glory - A century of service by medical women to the Australian Army and its Allies' (Boolarong Press, Brisbane, 2014) [12]. In 2014, she was appointed Adjunct Associate Professor of Journalism at the University of Canberra.

In 2013, Sharon was appointed Captain in the Australian Army Reserves, and she currently serves as a Military Public Affairs Officer (MPAO) in the Australian Army Public Relations Corps.