Julie McCrossin AM
Broadcaster, Keynote Speaker, Facilitator & MC
Julie McCrossin AM is a broadcaster who is renowned across Australia for her warmth, humour, intelligence, professionalism and commitment to justice and diversity.
For over 20 years she worked with ABC Radio National, ABC TV and Network Ten before becoming a freelance journalist, podcaster and voice-over broadcaster.
Highly regarded as a public speaker, Julie is also in demand as a professional MC, host and facilitator for conferences, panel discussions, hypotheticals, workshops, meetings and seminars… and that’s because she gets people talking.
But not only does Julie get people talking, she listens. Her capacity to involve panel members and the audience in interactive conversations that address complex issues in a lively, informal, witty and yet carefully structured way is unprecedented.
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Julie McCrossin has qualifications in the arts, education and law. She began working for the ABC in 1983 on the women’s radio program The Coming Out Show. Julie presented many Radio National programs including Background Briefing and Arts National, as well as stints on ABC Rural Radio and 702ABC Sydney.
Julie was a team leader on the media quiz show Good News Week on Network Ten and on ABC TV. She presented the social issues program Life Matters on ABC Radio National, initially with Geraldine Doogue and then as solo presenter.
Julie has worked as a TV reporter for both the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras and ANZAC DAY… and she’s thrilled to live in a country where it is possible to do both. But her proudest media moment was her appearance on ABC TV’s Play School as a silent clown called Plain Jane.
Julie has also worked as a children’s entertainer, literacy teacher and community legal educator.
In November 2005, ABC Books published Forever Yours: Australia’s Hidden Love Letters edited by Julie McCrossin and Kerrie Jean Ross with a foreword by Thomas Keneally.
Following treatment for stage four throat cancer in 2013, Julie became an Ambassador for Beyond Five, Targeting Cancer and TROG Cancer Research. She hosts a number of podcast series, including The Thing About Cancer and The Thing About Advanced Cancer for Cancer Council NSW and the Head and Neck Cancer Podcast Series for BeyondFive: The Face of Head and Neck Cancer in Australia.
In 2019, Julie was awarded a Member of the Order of Australia for significant service to the community, particularly through LGBTIQ advocacy roles and to the broadcast media.
You did a mighty job keeping presenters on track and animating and energising our audience... Of particular note was you expertise and good humour.
-ACR(National Industry Association for Disability Services).
Excellent preparation and attention to detail. Great audience and panel rapport.
-Association of Regulatory and Clinical Scientists
Julie was extremely well-received by our audience. Her legal training, media background and her obvious sympathy with human rights issues made her not only an excellent MC, but also a wonderful advocate for us.
The Human Rights Unit would like to thank you very much for facilitating the The State of Human Rights panel event. We really appreciate the work that you put into becoming very well informed about the Charter and how it operates. You did a great job of ensuring that the event was interesting to everyone in the audience - from those with no knowledge to those who were very well informed.
-Victorian Department of Justice
The hypothetical was brilliant and Julie McCrossin was excellent. She used her sharp wit, expert knowledge to engage the panel and audience in a very topical issue which resulted in many of the participants having a greater understanding of the sentencing procedure.
-Law Society of NSW
I think that you added an extra, important element that is often missing from conferences - some life, personality, breadth of knowledge, and with a good dose of personal touch. It was a wise move to get you involved.
-3rd Regional Acquired Brain Injury Conference
Very worthwhile. Lots to be learnt from others, skills and knowledge. A lot to take away. Julie was a very good facilitator, humorous style, confident speaker and keeps you awake. Thank you very much.
Many thanks for a brilliant job! I can't thank you enough for your fluency, professionalism and enthusiasm. The interviews in particular with the award winners and the Living Books were fantastic. It made the event far more interactive.
-Sydney City for the Mental Health Association NSW
She did her research and was able to lead thought-provoking discussions with some of the most senior industry representatives.