Annabel Crabb

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Annabel Crabb
Annabel Crabb 2014.jpg
Crabb promoting The Wife Drought, October 2014
Born February 1973 (age 43)
Adelaide, South Australia
Occupation Journalist
Known for Political journalist and commentator
Spouse(s) Jeremy Storer
Children 3

Annabel Crabb (born February 1973) is an Australian political journalist and commentator who is the ABC's chief online political writer. She has worked for Adelaide's The Advertiser, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, the Sunday Age and The Sun-Herald, and won a Walkley Award in 2009 for her Quarterly Essay, 'Stop at Nothing: The Life and Adventures of Malcolm Turnbull'. In addition, she has authored two books covering events within the Australian Labor Party.


Crabb completed high school at the Wilderness School in Medindie, South Australia. She then studied at University of Adelaide, graduating in 1997 with Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws degrees. She briefly became involved in student politics, holding the position of Women's Officer at the University's Student Association.[1]


Originally intending to enter Law, she changed direction and undertook a cadetship at The Advertiser in 1997. She moved to The Advertiser's Canberra bureau two years later, having worked for The Advertiser in both state and federal politics, before departing in 2000 to move to The Age as a political columnist and correspondent.

Three years later Crabb travelled to the United Kingdom and spent several years there working as the London correspondent for the Sunday Age and Sun-Herald, and acting as an occasional and largely non-political correspondent for The Sydney Morning Herald. During this time she wrote her first book, Losing It: The Inside Story of the Labor Party in Opposition.[2]

She returned to Australia in 2007 and started work as a senior writer and political columnist for The Sydney Morning Herald, and until recently, Crabb's opinion pieces featured in a regular column in the publication.[3] During this time, Crabb served as a commentator for the ABC's coverage of the 2007 Australian federal election.

Crabb resigned from her job with The Sydney Morning Herald in November 2009 to take up a position with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, working as its chief online political writer.[4] Crabb is also one of the presenters of The Drum on the 24-hour news channel, ABC News 24.[5]

From mid-2012, Crabb and radio personality Merrick Watts appeared in the ABC1 light-entertainment television program Randling, as part of a team called the West Coast Odd Sox.[6][7]

Other work[edit]

Crabb has worked extensively in the media and is contributor to major print publications, public talks and television and radio. She is a regular panelist on the ABC Television political show Insiders, a guest on panel shows such as Network Ten's Good News Week and the ABC's Q&A. Crabb was a panelist on the 2010 ABC Federal Election series, Gruen Nation. She returned to her role on the panel for the 2013 series.

Kitchen Cabinet[edit]

In 2012, Crabb began hosting her own TV program Kitchen Cabinet on ABC2 (later ABC1),[8] an informal interview program with Australian politicians over a meal prepared by both Crabb and her guest.

Chat 10 Looks 3 podcast[edit]

In November 2014, Crabb started a podcast with Leigh Sales called Chat 10 Looks 3. It is independent of the work they do for other media outlets and is an opportunity for them to talk about books, movies, television, the media and culture.[9][10]

Personal life[edit]

Crabb is married to Adelaide lawyer Jeremy Storer, son of GP Brian Storer and retired teacher Jennifer Storer. They have a daughter, Audrey; a son, Elliott, born in February 2010; and a daughter, Kate, born in December 2012.[11]


  • In 2009 her Quarterly Essay, titled "Stop at Nothing: The Life and Adventures of Malcolm Turnbull", won a Walkley Award for best magazine feature writing.[12]
  • In 2011 Crabb received an Eisenhower Fellowship.[13]

Books published[edit]


  1. ^ Alex Wheaton. "Annabel Crabb". DB Magazine. Archived from the original on 13 February 2012. Retrieved 5 April 2013. 
  2. ^ "How Latham Lost the Plot". The Age. 18 September 2005. Retrieved 5 April 2013. 
  3. ^ "Twitsard: Live Question Time Blog with Annabel Crabb". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 5 April 2013. 
  4. ^ "Aunty heralds its digital appointee Annabel Crabb". The Australian. Retrieved 5 April 2013. 
  5. ^ "24-hour party people". The Australian. 3 July 2010. Retrieved 5 April 2013. 
  6. ^ "Randling". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 20 June 2012. 
  7. ^ "Can Andrew Denton's new show Randling measure up?". The Daily Telegraph. 13 April 2012. Retrieved 20 June 2012. 
  8. ^ "Kitchen Cabinet". Retrieved 5 April 2013. 
  9. ^ "Leigh Sales and Annabel Crabb launch new podcast". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 26 June 2015. 
  10. ^ "Chat 10 Looks 3". Chat 10 Looks 3. Retrieved 26 June 2015. 
  11. ^ "Thank you for all the messages about baby Kate! And a big thank you to midwives Fiona and Marijana and all at the superb RPA birth centre.". Retrieved 5 April 2013. 
  12. ^ "Magazine Feature Writing". 2009 Walkley Winners. The Walkley Foundation. Archived from the original on 18 September 2010. Retrieved 13 September 2010. 
  13. ^ "2011 Multi Nation Program Eisenhower Fellows". Eisenhower Fellowships. Retrieved 24 February 2012. 

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