ABC TV’s Insiders host Barrie Cassidy leads journalists Malcolm Farr, Niki Savva and Laura Tingle through the political highs and lows of the year to date. Photographer Mike Bowers hosts a Talking Pictures segment with cartoonists Fiona Katauskas and David Rowe.
Niki Savva (Australian)
Niki Savva is a regular columnist with The Australian, a panellist on Insiders, and regular political commentator on RN. She has written two books, the best selling Road to Ruin, and So Greek. Niki was also recently awarded a lifetime achievement award by the Melbourne Press Club. She was twice political correspondent for The Australian, and National Political Editor in Canberra for both The Age, and The Herald Sun.
Malcolm Farr (Australian)
Malcolm Farr is national political editor at news.com.au, Australia's highest rating online news site. He has worked in Canberra for 26 years, previously for the Sydney Daily Telegraph. He also has worked on newspapers in Brisbane (The Australian, Brisbane Sun), Sydney (The Australian, Daily Mirror and Telegraph), Melbourne (The Australian) and Rome (International Daily News. He regularly appears on panels in radio and TV political discussion programs, such as the ABC's senior Sunday morning show Insiders. He served as president of the Federal Parliamentary Press Gallery from 2001-2006. In this position he helped create the Gallery's Mid-Winter Ball which has raised more than $3 million for charities and has become a prime event in the political calendar. He was chairman of the Walkley Foundation board (custodian of the Walkley Awards for journalism) from 1999 to 2004, and was chief judge of the Walkley non-fiction book award 2005-2015.
Mike Bowers (Australian)
Mike Bowers is a photographer, a regular commentator on ABC Radio and host of Talking Pictures on ABC TV’s Insiders. Mike spent 20 years in the Federal Parliamentary Press Gallery working for a number of publications. He has covered nine federal election campaigns and has accompanied six prime ministers on assignments both around Australia and overseas. Mike has covered conflicts in Cambodia, Kosovo, Bougainville, PNG and the Middle East. He has published four books and is the photographer at large at The Guardian Australia.
Laura Tingle (Australian)
Journalist, essayist and author Laura Tingle has reported on Australian politics and policy for more than 35 years. In May 2018, she was appointed chief political correspondent for ABC's 7.30 and was previously political editor for the Australian Financial Review. She is the author of Chasing the Future - a book about the early 1990s recession; of two Quarterly Essays: Great Expectations and Political Amnesia; and of In Search of Good Government. A third Quarterly Essay on Australian politics will be published in 2018.
Fiona Katauskas (Australian)
Fiona Katauskas is a cartoonist and illustrator whose work has appeared in a wide range of newspapers, magazines, websites, political cartoon anthologies and exhibitions. She has also designed greeting cards for the Ink Group and t-shirts for Mambo and produces Talking Pictures on ABC TV's Insiders program. Despite being a grown up, Fiona is also a passionate reader of children's and young adult literature. The Amazing True Story of How Babies Are Made, her first book, was shortlisted for the 2016 Children's Book Council of Australia Awards.
David Rowe (Australian)
David Rowe was born in the Netherlands in 1968 and arrived in Canberra at the age of four. He started drawing when attending St Edmund's College and after dropping out of every tertiary institution available found work at the Canberra Times. After a brief stint in London he moved to Sydney to work at Fairfax. For over twenty years his award winning cartoons and caricatures have appeared in the Australian Financial Review and other Fairfax publications.
Barrie Cassidy (Australian)
Barrie Cassidy has been the host of Insiders since its inception in July 2001. Before that he worked as political correspondent for ABC News and 7.30 and as a foreign correspondent based in Washington and Brussels. He was also the senior press secretary and political adviser to Prime Minister Bob Hawke. Barrie is from Chiltern in North East Victoria and started his journalism as a cadet at The Border Mail in Albury. In 2006 he created the sports discussion program Offsiders and was host for eight years.