Paola Totaro is a prominent Australian journalist, writer and correspondent specializing in European affairs, politics, social policy and the arts. A former Europe correspondent for the Sydney Morning Herald and The Age, and Editor of the Saturday Sydney Morning Herald.
Italian born, raised in Australia and now based in London, Paola has interviewed and profiled many significant figures, from Howard Buffett, son of the legendary investor, Warren, Lord Rees of Ludlow, astrophysicist and President of the Royal Society, Oscar winner, Helen Mirren, ballet star, Sylvie Guillem, rock legends, Ozzy Osborne and Annie Lennox, myriad authors including Nick Hornby and Sarah Waters, the human rights lawyer, Geoffrey Robertson QC, writer and poet, Clive James and Rupert Murdoch’s eldest son, Lachlan.
Paola is a dual Walkley Award finalist - for multimedia work and business journalism - and in 2012, won the Foreign Press Association in London award for best Travel writing. She is a frequent contributor to BBC Radio and Monocle 24, the London based digital radio station. Paola has been published in the Independent, the Guardian and New Statesman magazine in London and in 2013, was a guest author for the book of writers’ memoirs, Joyful Strains (Affirm Press). In 2010, with Robert Wainwright, she co-authored Born or Bred: the making of a mass murderer, a best-selling investigation and reconstruction of the early life of Martin Bryant, perpetrator of the Port Arthur massacre.
Paola completed a Master of Arts in Culture, Criticis and Curation last year at Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London.
Multinationals: curse or blessing for the developing world?
"Although 'battle' suggests destruction, these were some of the most constructive debates I've taken part in. This was civilised conflict in the best sense of both words."
Julian Baggini, author, Welcome to Everytown: A Journey into the English Mind, and The Ego Trick