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 continued to produce radio documentaries for the BBC and write features for Australia's leading newspapers.[1][2]

Media awards[edit]

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 for the BBC World Service documentary 'Wildfire'[2]. She was also voted Best South Australian Radio Broadcaster [3]. In the 2009 awards, she again won the award for Best Freelance Contribution [4]. In 2010, she won Best Radio Documentary, Best Freelance Contribution for the BBC World Service documentary 'The Wildlife Smugglers'[5] and was again named Best Radio Broadcaster in recognition of her investigative reporting [6]. In 2011, she was commended by the Walkley Awards judging panel for her documentary series 'The Big House'(Part 1 [7] and Part 2 [8]), broadcast on BBC World Service and ABC Radio[3] in July and August 2011 [9]. 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 [10].

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'[11] won bronze (for best history program) and silver (for best writing) awards at the International Radio Awards in New York [12]. 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 [13] and was a finalist in the 2013 United Nations Association of Australia Media Awards for promotion of multicultural issues [14].

On Anzac Day 2015, Sharon co-presented ABC Radio's live coverage of the Anzac Day march in Adelaide alongside ABC 891 Weekends presenter Ashley Walsh. Later that year, she was named on the South Australian Women's Honour Roll 2015 [15] in recognition of her services to the media and journalism education, in particular her coverage of Indigenous Affairs and the Anzac Centenary.

Academic career[edit]

As an academic researcher, Sharon's main areas of interest are journalism ethics, ethnographic journalism and media coverage of Anzac Day.[4][5][6][7][8][9] She is the author of the 'Anzac Day Media Style Guide' [16][10][11][12][13][14] distributed online by RSL National [17], 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) [18].[15][16] Since 2014, she has held academic status as an Adjunct Associate Professor, both at the University of Canberra (2014–17), and the University of South Australia (2017-).[17]

Military career[edit]

In 2013, Sharon was appointed as a Commissioned Officer in the Australian Army Reserves, and she currently serves as a Military Public Affairs Officer (MPAO) in the Australian Army Public Relations Corps at the rank of Major. Based in Adelaide, she presented and co-produced the Australian Army's 'Training and Doctrine Podcast'[19] in 2016[18] and during her deployment to Iraq with Task Group Taji IV from 2016–17, she produced and presented two series for the 'Australian Defence Force on Operations Podcast'[20]. In 2018, she joined the production team of the Australian veterans' podcast series Life on the Line.[19] In her civilian life, she served as a member of the South Australian Government Veterans' Advisory Council from 2015–21 and is chair of the StoryRight veterans employment support program that she founded in collaboration with like-minded veterans in 2018.[20][21][22][23]


  1. ^ "Finding Grandfather". The Legacy Hour. Radio Adelaide. 2015.
  2. ^ "'I feel strongly about giving a voice to the voiceless'". SALIFE. 23 April 2021. Retrieved 20 December 2021.
  3. ^ "Inside the Big House". ABC North and West SA.
  4. ^ Mascall-Dare, Sharon. "An Australian Story: Media and memory in the making of Anzac Day". University of South Australia.
  5. ^ Mascall-Dare, Sharon (22 April 2014). "Anzac Day: How the Media Should Cover It". The Age.
  6. ^ "Anzac Day Media Style Guide". Honest History. 2015.
  7. ^ Mascall-Dare, Sharon (2015). "Anzac Day: Ethics of Remembrance". Dart Center.
  8. ^ Mascall-Dare, Sharon (2015). "Think Piece: We Did Not Fight Alone". Anzac Centenary SA. South Australian State Government.
  9. ^ Doll, Meagan (20 January 2016). "Rewriting history: Anniversary stories, shared memory and minority voices". Center of Journalism Ethics. University of Wisconsin.
  10. ^ "Anzac Day Media Style Guide - A Journalists' Reality Check". University of South Australia.
  11. ^ Turnbull, Noel (27 March 2012). "What the media must know about Anzac Day".
  12. ^ "Diversity and different threads of the Anzac Story". Radio Australia.
  13. ^ Matchett, Stephen. "New Ways to Explain Anzac". The Australian.
  14. ^ "Launch of Anzac Day Media Style Guide". RSL SA & NT.
  15. ^ Cook, Craig (27 December 2014). "Unheralded Australian Medical Women Who Went To War". The Advertiser.
  16. ^ Carroll, Diana (14 January 2015). "Not for Glory: Women's War Stories". Indaily. Solstice Media.
  17. ^ "Dr Sharon Mascall-Dare". University of South Australia.
  18. ^ Dione Hodgson, Ashleigh Sharp and Lachlan Wilson (12 July 2016). "Sea, air and land updates". ASPI Strategist.
  19. ^ "Life on the Line". Thistle Productions. Retrieved 26 November 2018.
  20. ^ Cook, Craig. "Adelaide Army Officer starts new military vet jobs program". The Advertiser. News Corporation. Retrieved 26 November 2018.
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  22. ^ "Veteran support program gets leg up from DTC and Uni SA". 17 May 2018.
  23. ^ "#45 Dr Sharon Mascall-Dare".