Anjali Rao is a multi-award-winning journalist, who has spent 19 years in the top tiers of broadcast news and current affairs. Most recently, she hosted SBS’s flagship international current affairs program, Dateline, across Australia. She is also a regular guest presenter on a number of prime time television and radio shows.
Anjali spent six years as anchor of CNN International's weekday breakfast show and host of the network's weekly chat show, Talk Asia, both of which air globally to 220 million households. Earlier, she worked as an anchor at both Sky News and Channel 5 News in London.
Her honest, yet relaxed interview style has made for many revealing conversations with some of the world's highest profile personalities including former US President Bill Clinton, the Dalai Lama, actors Kevin Spacey and Gwyneth Paltrow, pop star Rihanna, sporting legends Roger Federer and Kobe Bryant, and fashion icon Karl Lagerfeld – among countless others.
She has also covered numerous breaking news events, such as the 9/11 attacks, the 2004 Asian tsunami, the death of Pope John Paul II, the 7/7 bombings in London, the 2008 siege of Mumbai, and the 2011 earthquake and tsunami disaster in Japan.
Born to an Indian father and Australian mother, Anjali was raised in Hong Kong, and educated in the United Kingdom, but is now based in Melbourne, Australia.
We hope you'll enjoy the evening under the commanding but graceful presence of Anjali Rao.