Leigh Dayton

Science Writer & Broadcaster

Leigh Dayton is an award-winning writer and broadcaster, specialising in the impact of developments in science, technology, environment and medicine on news and current events. For over 25 years, she has worked as a newspaper and magazine reporter and columnist, as well as a radio and television producer and on-air personality.

Leigh Dayton is also a doctoral candidate at Macquarie University's Research Centre for Agency, Values and Ethics. As part of the Linkage Cluster in Surgical Innovation, centred at the university's Philosophy Department, she is investigating innovation pathways in Australia. She hopes to identify methods of boosting the success of complex national scientific and biomedical innovation projects.

Leigh contributes fortnightly to Tony Delroy's Nightlife on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation's networked local radio and works on a freelance basis for scientific organisations, including the Office of the Chief Scientist and the Australian Academy of Science, along with publications such as the US journal Science.

Until September 2012, Leigh was the Science Writer for The Australian newspaper where she also wrote for and edited the professionally-oriented Weekend Health section. Prior to moving to The Australian, Leigh provided writing, broadcasting and consulting services through Darkside Media, a business she setup after leaving ABC television's Quantum reporting team in 2000. Her Quantum special "Unearthing Evil" took out Australia's top prize for science journalism in 2001.

Leigh Dayton was the Sydney Morning Herald's Science Writer before her two-year stint with Quantum. During her three-and-a-half years with the paper, she won two Daley Prizes for Science Journalism, a Eureka Prize for Environmental Journalism and the NSW Law Society's journalism prize.

Leigh Dayton was born and raised in California. After completing an honours BA (with distinction) in anthropology from the University of California at Berkeley, she earned an MA and taught anthropology at the University of Alberta in Canada. She then switched to science journalism. In Canada, Leigh wrote and produced a nationally syndicated radio program, presented by David Suzuki. As well, she was a columnist for the national newspaper The Globe and Mail and Vancouver Correspondent for New Scientist magazine.

Leigh moved to Australia in 1990 where she became Pacific Rim Editor of Omni magazine, Sydney Correspondent for New Scientist, Science Editor of TCN 9's Today Show and Science Correspondent for Tony Delroy's Nightlife on ABC radio. Leigh holds Australian and US citizenship and enjoys reading science fiction before lights out.

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