Juanita Phillips

Author, broadcaster, journalist, keynote speaker and MC

Juanita Phillips is one of Australia's most experienced television news anchors. The face of the ABC's flagship 7pm bulletin ABC News With Juanita Phillips in Sydney for the past 10 years, Juanita also anchors the 8pm bulletin for the national broadcaster's digital news channel, ABC News 24.

Previously, from 1997 to 2002, she was a news anchor for the world's two largest news organisations - the BBC and CNN - in London.

Juanita began her career as a cadet journalist on The Courier-Mail in Brisbane in 1982, straight from high school. Returning home after backpacking around the world for three years, became a senior feature writer and columnist for The Courier-Mail.

In 1990, Juanita was offered a job as current affairs journalist at Channel Ten where she stayed for six years, eventually moving to Sydney to become co-anchor of the Five O'Clock News. She then moved to Sky News - Australia's first cable news service - as its senior presenter. When Sky debuted in 1996, Juanita was the first newsreader on air, welcoming Australians to a whole new era of 24-hour news.

In 1997, she headed to London hoping to break into international television and became the anchor of BBC World's flagship morning program The World Today, broadcasting to millions of viewers worldwide. On her second day in the job, Princess Diana was killed in a car accident, and Juanita was part of the BBC's international coverage, packaging news reports for world-wide syndication. A week later, she co-anchored BBC World's coverage of Diana's funeral.

Juanita then moved on to the American cable news network CNN, anchoring their flagship breakfast program CNN Today in London. She became their senior London anchor and in 1999, was chosen as one of only two non-American anchors presenting CNN's Millennium celebrations, the largest live news event ever attempted with one hundred hours non-stop live rolling coverage.

Following the September 11 attacks on the United States, Juanita decided to return to Australia.

Juanita Phillips is also the author of a series of children's books, The Newspaper Kids, aimed at ages 7 to 12, and has written extensively for newspapers and magazines, including the "Lunch With ..." column for the prestigious Bulletin magazine.

In 2010, she wrote the best-selling memoir "A Pressure Cooker Saved My Life - how to have it all, do it all and keep it all together" which tells the story of her own struggle to balance a busy career with family life, and offers practical solutions for other working parents. Her experience as an older first-time mother forms a chapter in the book Late Babies (by Sandra Maclean) and she has spoken extensively on the subjects of motherhood, career, writing and personal growth.