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Naomi Simson: The House of Our Dreams

July 10, 2017 issue of WHO.

Australia's version of Shark Tank is in its third season. To kick it off, I visited the home of RedBalloon founder Naomi Simson, known for her marketing acumen. Her home, a heritage building whose exterior was restored, is completely modern on the inside in a renovation that has been the pet project of Simson's husband Stuart King. The house itself is lovely, as was getting to know Simson. More of our interview can be found online here. Photos by Peter Brew-Bevan for WHO, and archival pics were provided by King.

 

A Cool Change at Glastonbury 2017

July 10, 2017 issue of WHO.

A recap of England's big music festival.

 

Nicole Kidman Turns 50

July 3, 2017 issue of WHO.

Who and sister magazine People have had the benefit of a good relationship with actor Nicole Kidman, which helped in researching quotes to accompany this look at her life and career.

 

Plastic Surgery Special: What They've Had Done

July 3, 2017 issue of WHO.

Top plastic surgeons and facial specialists from Beverly Hills, New York and Sydney contributed to this look at some recent work. 

 

Rebecca Gibney: One Badass Mum

June 12, 2017 issue of WHO.

I really enjoyed meeting one of Australia's most loved actresses to talk about the second season of Wanted, a show she created with her husband and featuring two women as lead characters in a chase thriller. How cool is that? More from the interview ran online here

 

Spinning Yarns with Hamish and Andy

June 12, 2017 issue of WHO.

Australia's favourite radio duo, who have won numerous honours for their semi-Jackass style reality-documentaries in the past, are premiering a new show where they hear regular Australians tell their craziest stories and then have actors and comedians re-enact them.

 

Cannes Film Festival 2017

June 5, 2017 issue of WHO.

It's basically an elaborate red-carpet-fest for those of us who cannot see the films, right? At the very end is the Hot Topics spread of the amfAR Gala, which ran in the June 12 issue.

 

Casey Donovan: My Life Now

May 29, 2017 issue of WHO.

Casey was just a teen when she won the second season of Australian Idol but she has grown up in so many ways since. She took a chance on appearing in I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here and ended up winning the popular vote on that show as well. Now she's kicking up her music career once more. To read more about her online, click here.  

 

Eurovision 2017: Isaiah Firebrace's Photo Diary

May 29, 2017 issue of WHO.

While the whole of Eurovision underwhelmed this year, young Isaiah Firebrace earned a respectable top-10 finish for decidedly non-European Australia. He was kind enough to send along some pics of his experience that did not appear on Instagram. For more exclusive pics, click here

 

Twin Peaks 2017: A Visitor's Guide

May 22, 2017 issue of WHO.

The geek in me really geeked out when given a chance to write this guide and look through archival photos from the original series. 

 

MTV Movie & TV Awards 2017

May 22, 2017 issue of WHO.

MTV added TV to its annual movie awards and eliminated gender-specific acting categories (something that the Television Critics Association has been doing at its awards, FYI). 

 

Met Gala 2017

May 15, 2017 issue of WHO.

The adrenaline gets pumping to right about the fabulous frocks of the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Gala, especially when it's a non-televised event happening right on closing day. I enjoy it nonetheless, with the help of a crack art and photo team and editing guidance from Jennie Noonan.

 

My Kitchen Rules 2017: And then there were two

May 8, 2017 issue of WHO.

The reality show has been going strong since January, sometimes airing three or four episodes a week. At the beginning, it seemed like it would never end, but on the eve of the finale, it's all gone by so quickly. Here is a quick preview of the final two teams, with more online here

 

The Voice Australia's Seal and Kelly Rowland: 'We Are Family'

May 1, 2017 issue of WHO.

I got to sit across from two Grammy-winning singers and chat all about their kids. Yes, this is a cool job. Read more from the pair here

 

Melanie 'Mel B' Brown: 'The Fight for Her Family'

May 1, 2017 issue of WHO.

This was a story that needed editing simply because of the volume of information contained within court papers. While People serialised the contents online, I and editor Karina Machado condensed it into a four-page feature. The saga will continue in Hot Topics to come.

 

Coachella 2017 and Stars on Holiday

May 1, 2017 issue of WHO.

At least with the first weekend of Coachella, you have reporting from People, Instagram quotes and stylist interviews from which to draw. For a round-up of celebrity holiday pictures, there may or may not be much to say. Yet you don't want to use up caption space to merely describe pictures. So you try your best. 

 

Isaiah Firebrace: 'I've Gone Global'

April 3, 2017 issue of WHO.

Since moving to Australia, I've embraced the nation's love for Eurovision, that head-scratching, massive song contest in Europe. For the past two years, Australia has sent a competitor and this year decided to choose Isaiah Firebrace, judge Adam Lambert's winner on The X Factor Australia. Here is a piece with some background about the young singer, more of which can be found online here

 

My Kitchen Rules 2017: Court and Duncan

April 3, 2017 issue of WHO.

Breaking news from a pre-taped reality show? Why, yes! As My Kitchen Rules aired, contestants Courtney and Duncan Hall-Eastey could no longer hide their good fortune. The funny thing was that I had already interviewed them a month earlier about their love story for an online piece. Here is more about their baby news and Court's comments about a blow-up that aired on TV

 

My Kitchen Rules 2017: Mark and Chris

March 27, 2017 issue of WHO.

Speaking to the buddies from Melbourne earlier in the competition, especially on their friendship with the fun-loving duo of Caitie and Demi, did not prepare me for the profound story Mark would later want to convey. It was not easy for Mark to relive some of his dark times, but he said he wanted to do so to help other people, especially guys, who may shy away from treatment for depression. Here is more of the interview online

 

Ian Thorpe: 'Fighting the Bullies'

March 20, 2017 issue of WHO.

On the flip side of my years covering Michael Phelps at the Olympics was Ian Thorpe, the Australian swimming legend. I met him in person to talk about his hosting efforts for a series against bullying. After our interview, I got to show him the photo I took at the Athens Games of him at the starting blocks for his 200m free race against Phelps. I was nervous about doing something like that, but I needn't have been. Ian smiled when he saw the photo, impressed with the seat I had, and then told the ABC rep with us about the 'Race of the Century' and his memories of it. That encounter, in turn, is something I will never forget. To read more from the interview, click here

 

Oscars 2017: The Red Carpet and the Parties

March 13, 2017 issue of WHO.

While I worked on descriptions for the gowns on the red carpet, I wanted to focus the 2017 representation of Oscars coverage here on the red carpet and the parties. I love doing this along with Melbourne writer extraordinaire Kate Halfpenny and hopefully our enthusiasm comes through.

 

My Kitchen Rules 2017: Valerie and Courtney

March 13, 2017 issue of WHO.

This mother and daughter team delighted the judges with their Anglo-Indian cooking, derived from a family book of recipes compiled by Valerie for 40 years and featuring the culinary creations of her father. It's a classic immigration story and I wish I had more pages to tell it. The Ferdinands are the friendliest people. Click on the hyperlinks for the companion online story and the finale preview

 

Vashti Whitfield: Being Here Now

Feb. 20, 2017 issue of WHO.

Brave and honest, life coach Vashti Whitfield poured her heart into a memoir that encapsulated the time she spent with Spartacus star Andy Whitfield and what life is like now for her to be a widow and single mother. I am grateful to have gotten to know her. A link to the online story, which includes a testimonial about Vashti from her friend and Andy's agent Sam Maydew, can be found here

 

Super Bowl 2017: It's All About Gaga

Feb. 20, 2017 issue of WHO.

I would love to go full-NFL-crazy with Super Bowl stories but I can't, mostly because WHO's audience would not care nor understand. That's OK. There's spectacle to be had! 

 

My Kitchen Rules 2017: Tim and Kyle

Feb. 20, 2017 issue of WHO.

The Adelaide best mates were great interviews but I couldn't tell a lot of their story because I had to address the narrative fans of the show would see on the air, which a flirtation between Kyle and contestant Bek that lead to a kiss. The online companion story to this piece can be accessed here, a specific recounting of the kiss and the aftermath can be found here, and the story on their final placing in the competition can be found here

 

My Kitchen Rules 2017: David and Betty

Feb. 13, 2017 issue of WHO.

i further got to connect with this team at the Championship Races at Randwick in April, but here I hope to provide a piece that shows the lives of contestants prior to the craziness of national television attention. The online companion story to this piece can be accessed here, and the story on their final placing in the competition can be found here

 

My Kitchen Rules 2017: Meet the Teams

Jan. 30, 2017 issue of WHO.

This year, the Fox Network in the US tried to adapt super-popular Australian reality show My Kitchen Rules into a format that works for American audiences, one that was more a dinner party at a celeb's house than what charms viewers here, which is a dinner party at an average person's house in which noted celeb chefs come to critique the food. Although I had done a couple pieces about MKR teams for previous WHO editors, this was my first year fully taking on the series. In the process, I got to know some rather incredible people, as you will see in further examples to come. 

 

2017 WHO TV Preview

Jan. 30, 2017 issue of WHO.

Deb Grunfeld and Nicholas Fonseca edited the collection of programming we would feature for WHO's TV preview and I helped write and report it. In particular, I wrote the whole Brain Food page and a lot of other entries, including Big Little Lies, which included some of my interview with Liane Moriarty. For American TV lovers, it's a fun glimpse into what people in Oz were getting excited about.

 

Robin Thicke and Paula Patton: Inside Their Bitter Custody Battle

Jan. 30, 2017 issue of WHO.

Marital and post-marital discord gets particularly ugly when children are involved. For this breaking news story, I integrated court documents with reporting from People. 

 

Homes Under the Hammer

Jan. 16, 2017 issue of WHO.

Ogling at celebrity real estate is all about the pictures but details do give a bit of extra oomph. The tough part in researching these pieces is coming up with wording not completely taken from a real estate agent's listing and also converting figures to metric/prices to AUD. But it's fun, for sure. 

 

The Best and Worst of 2016

Jan. 2, 2017 issue of WHO.

In looking back at 2016, I got a chance to write about superheroes, an animated octopus, Australia's National Treasures and James Corden. Not bad. 

 

The 2016 AACTA Awards

Jan. 2, 2017 issue of WHO.

There are TV and film categories at the AACTAs, making it like Australia's version of the Emmys and Oscars combined, or a less boozy Golden Globes. Well, maybe not less boozy. In any case, here the wrap-up of the ceremony that ran in the magazine, and here are links to online pieces on the night itself, Isla Fisher and Sacha Baron Cohen's date night, a Kerri-Anne Kennerley update, and star-spotting with the Bachelor's Richie and Alex

 

Saroo Brierley on the film Lion

Jan. 2, 2017 issue of WHO.

Alexis Loinaz did the main interview with Saroo and his family in the US and wrote the framework for the this piece — I interviewed Saroo's mum Sue for more details about the adoption process and tailored the story more for Australian audiences.  

 

Tim Dormer: 'I finally found love'

Dec. 19, 2016 issue of WHO.

For popular reality star Tim Dormer, who won Australian Big Brother in 2013 and came just outside the final two of Canadian Big Brother in 2016, being bold, brash and big was part of his personality. But Dormer came to WHO to talk about his love for Ash Toweel and in the process revealed a softer side. The revelation was big news in gossip circles, but I found Tim and Ash sincere and kind guys who looked relieved they could live large publicly without any doubts. Photos by Paul Leonardo. The online story that complements the article can be found here

 

The 2016 ARIAs

Dec. 12, 2016 issue of WHO.

I tried very hard to get an interview with Crowded House for their Hall of Fame honour at the ARIAs in 2016, but I had to settle for listening to their media-room interview and watching their concert on the steps of the Opera House the next night. I think that's fair. For a bonus, I've added photos from the red carpet and the press room after the article.

 

The 2016 American Music Awards

Dec. 5, 2016 issue of WHO.

Very low-key performances marked the content of the AMAs, but rock stars in their finery always makes for a colourful series of spreads. As a bonus, the Hot Topic I wrote about the week in celebrity romance is at the very end.

 

A tribute to Leonard Cohen

Nov. 28, 2016 issue of WHO.

Leonard Cohen was/is one of my mother-in-law's favourite artists. I was thinking of her when I wrote this tribute.

 

Australia's Next Top Model Final Two

Nov. 28, 2016 issue of WHO.

Each time I start to write the title of this show, I type "America" first. It can't be helped! Here is a final two piece to preview the finale, and here is the winner interview with Aleyna FitzGerald

 

WHO's Sexiest People Party 2016

Nov. 14, 2016 issue of WHO.

I guess you know you've arrived when you are reporting on, writing about, and present at Who's super-cool Sexiest People party in Rushcutter's Bay. As a bonus, at the end of the article is the Back Chat spread from the same issue, where I got to round up some celebrity snack people and Chrissy Teigen's cute Halloween costume shots with Luna. And for more, here are online stories from the party with Bonnie Sveen, Havana Brown, Miranda Tapsell, and the stars from the Bachelor/Bachelorette.

 

Our Fight for Marriage Equality

Oct. 31, 2016 issue of WHO.

Like its sister publication, People, WHO is invested in human interest stories. I got to work with reporter and writer Louise Talbot on her interview with politician Tim Wilson, the equivalent of a Republican in the US, and his efforts to marry his partner Ryan Bolger. Louise had so much great stuff, we added more in an online piece here. I must thank Louise for letting me write up her file — most of my career at People was spent having my reporting crafted by others, so I know what it means to entrust your reporting to someone else. Photos by Martina Gemmola. 

 

Man Up with Gus Worland

Oct. 17, 2016 issue of WHO.

Books editor Karina Machado pitched this story about radio personality Gus Worland's fight to lower the rate of male suicide in Australia. I was privileged enough to work on it and get to know Gus in the process. Below is the story as it first ran in WHO. You can also read the Oct 7 online interview with Gus here and then his heartening Dec 2 follow-up here. Photos by Paul Leonardo.

 

A big breakup: Naomi and Liev call it quits

Oct. 10, 2016 issue of WHO.

Summing up a split on closing day can be daunting, but here is my take for WHO on the end of a very Hollywood romance. Or is it? The beauty of Naomi Watts and Liev Schreiber is that the pair make a smart, engaging couple working to parent their sons together. May the odds be ever in their favour.

 

Rock Out! iHeartMusic Awards 2016 Festival

Oct. 10, 2016 issue of WHO.

Not only does the iHeartRadio empire have an awards show, it also has a festival, and later in the year, the Jingle Ball. So this is coverage from the series of Vegas concerts.

 

Emmy Awards 2016

Oct 3, 2016 issue of WHO.

Back on familiar TV territory covering the Emmys! Sorry for the strange black box on the front spread here — I'm getting better at generating copies of my stories but I'm not quite there yet!

 

Who's 2016 Glamour Issue

September 19, 2016 issue of WHO.

Aside from writing about the Met Gala and award shows, creating copy for the Glamour Issue is as close as I get to fashion-magazine writing. For the A to Z act here, we used some material from People Magazine's A to Z but had to add and re-write for Australian audiences. The rest were fun pieces to create. I've also added a Quick Chat in our Back Chat section that I did with style bloggers Elle and Tash.

 

Australian Olympic Champions: Where Are They Now?

July 25, 2016 issue of WHO.

On the eve of the Summer Games in Rio, I got a chance to speak to some legends of Australian Olympic sport including Tatiana Grigorieva, and Natalie Cook. Alas, I did not write all of the blocks here and both I and my editor missed the wrong last name for Sally Robertson. Now I will never forget! I've also added a Quick Chat with diving champ Matthew Mitcham, the WHO coverage of athletes in action from weeks 2 and 3 in Rio, and a cute pic act on Olympic look-alikes! 

 

Play School Turns 50

July 11, 2016 issue of WHO.

One great way of immersing myself into Australian culture is taking on assignments like this one, where I got to speak to many people who were a part of this enduring children's show. Play School is very much a pre-school show in the vein of Romper Room, Reading Rainbow and Mr Rogers' Neighborhood. I'm grateful to all the presenters who took time to speak with me for this piece. NOTE: It's not your eyes! I hope to get a better copy of this story with clearer photos. 

 

MTV Video Music Awards 2016

July 6, 2016 issue of WHO.

 

Billboard Music Awards 2016

June 6, 2016 issue of WHO.

 

 

Breaking My Silence: Crissy Ashcroft on The Voice Australia

May 30, 2016 issue of WHO.

There are so many great stories for contestants on shows such as The Voice. What motivates people to brave the stage for a chance at stardom and if not stardom, a career, or recognition? Crissy Ashcroft used singing as a way to heal from her daily struggle with PTSD. Fortunately many across Australia got to learn about her and the condition through her blind audition. Photos by Paul Leonardo.

 

Mourning a Pop Genius: Prince 1958-2016

May 9, 2016 issue of WHO.

I was able to help Michael Crooks when he wrote Who's tribute to David Bowie earlier this year; now it was my turn to take on the daunting task of writing about a man whose work meant a great deal to me personally and to a whole generation. While handling the main text and the news captions, I brainstormed the photo acts with Nicholas Fonseca, who wrote all of those parts while Lainie Shean and Amy Reedy gathered all of the images. Cleo Munns laid out the design and Michael Crooks and Cassie Kang edited the package.

 

Girl Power! Delta and Jessie J Talk The Voice Season 5

May 9, 2016 issue of WHO.

Coaches Delta Goodrem and Jessie J have different approaches to mentoring and with just a day to get to know each other last season, they learned that fact the hard way — on the air. Now things seem different between the two and Jessie J says new coach Ronan Keating has helped a lot. Here's my double-talk with the ladies and a quick chat with Ronan.

 

Festival Fun! Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival 2016

May 2, 2016 issue of WHO.

Fun photos. That's really all you need to know! I culled together People.com's reporting into a feature act.

 

Sarah Paulson: 'Living My Dream'

May 2, 2016 issue of WHO.

This piece incorporates original elements of Patrick Gomez's piece from People magazine with more text to fill a spread, a new box, and new caps. 

 

The Wiggles' Emma and Lachlan: Dream Day

April 25, 2016 issue of WHO.

Who doesn't love a good wedding? Two current members of children's entertainment group The Wiggles — Emma Watkins and Lachlan Gillespie — wed on April 9, and I was fortunate enough to speak with them about their dream day. For more on their wedding, read my Who.com piece here.  

 

Rockin' the Radio: iHeartMusic Awards

April 18, 2016 issue of WHO.

Taylor Swift continues to be the focus of any music awards show. She not only won her own trophies at the iHeartRadio Awards in LA, she celebrated wins by her boyfriend Calvin Harris and by her squad BFF Selena Gomez, too. 

 

Mahtob Mahmoody: 'My Escape From Hell'

March 7, 2016 issue of WHO.

In 1991, Sally Field starred in the film Not Without My Daughter: The Story of Betty Mahmoody, which was based on Mahmoody's memoir about her escape from Iran with her daughter in the '80s. Twenty-five years later, I spoke with that daughter, Mahtob Mahmoody, who had written her own memoir. I found her clear-eyed, serene and a real survivor. Here is the story, teased on Who.com here

 

Summer TV preview

Feb. 1, 2016 issue of WHO.

In the U.S., networks are quite eager to promote their upcoming shows and have lots of information at the ready. In fact, promos don't usually begin until there is an airdate that can be announced. In Australia? Not so much. Networks keep launches close to the vest. Even so, it's fun to sum up what audiences can prepare for in the weeks, months, or year ahead. While I wrote "From the minds of" and a few other snippets below, I did not write all of the TV preview, which spanned four spreads. I worked for entertainment editor Alicia Neil and writer Nicholas Fonseca, and we had a great time.

 


Farewell to an Icon: David Bowie

Jan. 25, 2016 issue of WHO.

We were finishing up our Monday with the final touches on the red-carpet coverage for the Golden Globes when we heard the news about David Bowie's death. Why did that seem so out of the realm of reality? From that night through the next day, in 48 hours, the team at WHO and at People produced a tremendous tribute. I am so proud of our work.

 

Matt Kerr and Jimmy Wright

Jan. 18, 2016 issue of WHO.

Emma Martin reported this wonderful story about model Miranda Kerr's baby brother Matty and the business he's opened in the Hunter Valley with his fiancé Jimmy Wright. During her interview, Emma also had to weave in their desire to get married in Australia and include some insight into Matt's childhood with a famous sibling. I was honoured to work with her in putting together this piece.

 

Bill Cosby Charged

Jan. 18, 2016 issue of WHO.

My first 10 years at People consisted of filing stories to New York and hoping a writer would use my reporting in combo with others to produce an info-packed piece. Now I'm the writer collating all the parts into a coherent whole. Credit to colleagues Nicki Egan, Diane Herbst and Lizz Leonard for their hard work on this ever-changing and fast-moving news story. I must also mention that Nicki has been covering these developments since People's first story in 2005. Bravo.

 

The Best and Worst of 2015

Jan. 4, 2016 issue of WHO.

The brief: How do you write a short item answering the questions, "Why this person? Why this year?" I had fun putting together quick hits for Reese Witherspoon and Dakota Johnson. I also had to add captions to the Paris Attacks page, going for a different tone.

 

The Most Intriguing People of 2015

Nov. 23, 2015 issue of WHO.

Summing up why someone is intriguing could always be, "well, because," or "well, just look at the photo." While I researched what to say about Adam Goodes and Jarryd Hayne, I worked with terrific interviews for Daniel Johns and Mick Fanning. For some reason, I got all guys this issue. Not complaining.

Trista's Advice for Sam

Nov. 2, 2015 issue of WHO.

Sam Frost is Australia's first Bachelorette and on the finale of her season, she chose Sasha Mielczarek. The two are going strong and Sam's become a radio personality, co-hosting the morning drive for 2DayFM with Rove McManus. For this article, which ran the week of the finale but before Sasha was revealed as the "winner," I got a chance to catch up with Trista Sutter, the first Bachelorette ever, whose search for love, and marriage, and babies, I covered for People.

SamFrost.Trista.jpg
 

X Factor Launch Party

Oct. 12, 2015 issue of WHO.

A night chatting with Chris Isaak, James Blunt, Guy Sebastian and Dannii Minogue? Indeed! 

XFparty.jpg
 

Ryan Eggold

Aug. 24, 2015 issue of WHO.

I interviewed Ryan Eggold in Sydney in December 2014 for a Q&A pegged to the mid-season return of The Blacklist on the Seven Network. Yet the show didn't air again until July, which was two months after the season finale in the US. When I spoke to Ryan, he hadn't even filmed those scenes and yet we both were tasked with teasing what Australian audiences could expect. Ryan was a great sport and we got to reminisce about the time we invited him to the People SAG after-party when he was such a young lad on 90210.

 

Billboard Music Awards 2015

June 1, 2015 issue of WHO. 

Interpreting the fun the U.S. is having is just part of the job. In this case, People's coverage was just a few Star Tracks photos. Who made it something more.

 

ARIAs 2014

Dec. 15, 2014 issue of WHO.

Back on the carpet and in the press room for the "Grammys of Australia," I didn't have an Air Supply moment like last year, but Tim Farriss did remember me from the Rock Star: INXS days in L.A, so that was a plus! And I got to be in the same room as Neil Finn and Paul Kelly. I worked the carpet with the incomparable Alicia Neil, who guided the text and caps of the main magazine feature while I did the initial write-up for Who.com, which you can read if you keep scrolling right. You can also see some bonus pics of 5SOS!

 

Rosario Dawson

Dec. 14, 2014 issue of WHO.

Promoting her film The Captive in Australia, Rosario Dawson proved such a great interview that I couldn't put all of her thoughts into the Backchat space! I hope to amend this post with more from the interview later — it was that good.

 

American Music Awards 2014

Dec. 8, 2014 issue of WHO

So fun to write about an American event for an Australian magazine. Then again, a lot of the awards went to Aussies, so I guess it wasn't a stretch?

 

The Veronicas

Dec. 1, 2014 issue of WHO.

Brisbane identical twins Jessica and Lisa Origliasso have returned to the music scene after a four-year absence. They talked to me about their comeback and their eclectic new album. To check out their website, click here

 

The Faders DJs

Dec. 1, 2014 issue of WHO.

Milly Gattegno and Sui Lye are smart, savvy and stylish. They also have one of the best side jobs in town!

 

Jesinta Campbell, The Body Issue

Nov. 17, 2014 issue of WHO.

Jesinta Campbell is a model and TV presenter and a very present interviewee. She's comfortable in her own skin and it shows. I was glad to meet her at the shoot for this issue and if you slide to the end, you will see her on the cover!

 

X Factor: The Final 3

Oct. 27, 2014 issue of WHO.

By now, having spoken and met contestants, I'm pretty invested. It could go any way depending on the Australian public! But I am guessing the most active voters are going to be young people, so as talented as Dean may be, he may not stand a chance against his teen rivals! Photography by Paul Leonardo.

 

Last Girls Standing on The X Factor

Oct. 6, 2014 issue of WHO.

This was a tricky one! The show aired on a different day than usual that week, meaning we would not be certain which girl would be eliminated, if any. So the wording is designed to work no matter the outcome. Photography by Paul Leonardo.

 

On the farm with the Brothers 3

Sept. 29, 2014 issue of WHO.

My first real trip to the country! Photographer Paul Leonardo did the driving honors as we headed toward Mudgee, three hours west of Sydney. We were met by the Fahey-Leighs and had a grand time. For some personal photos of the day, click through the slider.

 

Cannes Can!

I may not make it to France, but I can share the excitement with Who readers, and that's not bad, right? I wrote the text, head and dek and researched some caption information. Alicia Neil wrote the captions. It's fun to collaborate and bring events to life.

 

 

Find the Niña

People editor Nancy Jeffrey assigned me this story, pitched by Nicki Egan. The Wrights are compelling and hopefully they will find closure. To read the People.com piece, click here. For more on the search, click here.

Searching for the Ghost Ship," Who Magazine, Feb. 24, 2014. Photos courtesy Newspix and the Wright family.

 

Her Kitchen Rules

Anna Lisle may be competing on the hit Aussie cooking show My Kitchen Rules, but her real life is filled with simple joys shared with fiancé Andrew Turner. Here I worked with TV editor Alicia Neil on this fun piece by going to Anna and Andrew's home and getting to know the couple. I've included a couple photos from the shoot at their flat — Anna joked that fans would be appalled to know the condition of her kitchen and that it was the same place they do their laundry!

"My Dream Wedding," Who Magazine, March 17, 2014. Photos by Peter Brew-Bevan.

 

Passing the torch

After interviewing Greg Page for my first People feature after moving to Sydney, I saw in quick order a changing of the guard within Australia's cultural icons — the Wiggles. Being trusted to tell Anthony Field's story was an honor.

"Last Wiggle Standing," Who Magazine, June 4, 2012. Photos courtesy The Wiggles.

 

Talking to a royal

She can be down to earth and real even on the phone. Glad to have a moment's chat with Ella Yelich-O'Connor on her phenomenal year.

"Lorde: Teenage Dream," Best and Worst of 2013, Who Magazine, Jan. 6, 2014

 

The ARIAs 

My first Australian award show red carpet! Luckily I got to work with Alyssa Braithwaite, who gave me the lay of the land. Could not be more giddy to speak with Air Supply. Yes, of course they made it in to my story.

"Jessica Mauboy and the ARIA Awards," Who.com, Dec. 3, 2013

 

A star at the Star

That was the assignment — talk to Brad Pitt. Thankfully, it happened! Paramount Pictures ran a great carpet and a story was born.

"Brad Pitt Shines at the Star," Who.com, June 9, 2013.

 

Sartorial Scribe

When award season comes around, I love to look at red carpet fashions as much as the next person. What I also love is writing up brief little passages on the gowns and glamor for Who. The trick is to be accurate and informative but not repeat a lot of descriptions that may already be out there. Here is the opening to the 2015 Met Gala and a sample spread from the 2014 Oscars.