Leigh Sales

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Leigh Sales
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Sales hosting a Global Town Hall with Hillary Clinton (January 2013)
Leigh Peta Sales

(1973-05-10) 10 May 1973 (age 45)[1][2]
EducationAspley State High School
Alma materQueensland University of Technology
Deakin University
OccupationJournalist, author
EmployerAustralian Broadcasting Corporation
Phil Willis
(m. 1996; separated 2016)

Leigh Peta Sales (born 10 May 1973) is an Australian journalist and author. She is the host of the Australian television channel ABC's flagship news and current affairs program 7.30.[3]


Sales was born in Brisbane and attended Aspley State High School.[3] She is a graduate of Deakin University (Master of International Relations) and Queensland University of Technology (Bachelor of Journalism)[4]. Upon graduation from QUT she joined the Nine Network before joining ABC Brisbane in 1995.[3]

Sales has held positions in national radio current affairs and was New South Wales political reporter covering the 1999 and 2007 state elections and the 2000 Summer Olympics.

Sales presented Lateline on Monday, Thursday and Friday nights (with Tony Jones presenting on Tuesdays and Wednesdays). She was 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[5]

In 2011, Sales was appointed presenter of the ABC's flagship news and current affairs program, 7.30.[3]

In January 2013, Sales hosted the 70-minute Townterview—a mix of a town hall and a television interview—with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at the Newseum in Washington, DC. It is significant for being the final such program for Clinton as Secretary of State.[6]

Publishing career[edit]

Her first book, Detainee 002: The Case of David Hicks, was published in 2007 by Melbourne University Publishing (MUP).[7] The book covers Hicks' case as well as a detailed explanation of the Bush administration's detainee policy in the War on Terror[8] 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.[citation needed]

Chat 10 Looks 3 podcast[edit]

In November 2014, Sales started a podcast with Annabel Crabb 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]

Sales was married to Phil Willis and they have two children.[11][12] She and Willis separated in December 2016.[13] Following the announcement of their separation, Sales was subjected to online trolling.[14]

Awards and recognition[edit]


  • Detainee 002 : The Case of David Hicks. 2007.
  • On Doubt (2009)
  • "Born again". The Monthly. 44: 19–20. April 2009.
  • Any Ordinary Day: Blindsided, Resilience, and What Happens After the Worst Day of Your Life (2018)


  1. ^ Record at ISNI
  2. ^ "Happy Thursday May 10th, 2018", 4BU, 10 May 2018
  3. ^ a b c d "Anchor woman" by Helen Pitt, Daily Life, Fairfax Media, 14 February 2012.
  4. ^ "The Sales Report", The Sydney Morning Herald (16 December 2012)
  5. ^ a b "7.30 About Us", Australian Broadcasting Corporation (21 February 2013)
  6. ^ "Australian moderates Clinton's farewell talkfest", The Sydney Morning Herald (30 January 2013)
  7. ^ "Detainee 002: The Case of David Hicks". The Sydney Morning Herald. 18 May 2007. Retrieved 12 February 2014.
  8. ^ Detainee 002: The Case of David Hicks. Books.google.com.au. Retrieved 12 February 2014.
  9. ^ "Leigh Sales and Annabel Crabb launch new podcast". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 26 June 2015.
  10. ^ "Chat 10 Looks 3". Chat 10 Looks 3. Retrieved 26 June 2015.
  11. ^ O'Dwyer, Erin (19 July 2015). "Powerhouse women of the ABC". Daily Life. Fairfax Media. Retrieved 1 December 2015.
  12. ^ Acott, Antonia (11 March 2015). "Leigh Sales climbs back to the top". The New Daily. Retrieved 1 December 2015.
  13. ^ "ABC presenter Leigh Sales 'splits from her husband of 20 years - 18 months after experiencing the worst year of her life'". Daily Mail. 2 April 2017. Retrieved 29 November 2017.
  14. ^ "Leigh Sales shares shocking troll attack on her marriage breakdown". News.com.au. News Corporation. 11 August 2017. Retrieved 9 February 2018.
  15. ^ "ABC Journalist wins George Munster Journalism Award", Australian Broadcasting Corporation (13 September 2009)
  16. ^ "Leigh Sales wins Walkley for best interview", Australian Broadcasting Corporation (1 December 2012)

External links[edit]

Media offices
Preceded by
Virginia Trioli
Presenter (Monday, Tuesday & Friday)

Succeeded by
Ali Moore
Preceded by
Presenter with Chris Uhlmann

Succeeded by