The Fifth Estate: Tracey Spicer
Fifth Estate host Sally Warhaft welcomes Tracey Spicer to the Wheeler Centre for a conversation about her accomplished, diverse and fearless life and career in Australian journalism – and the challenges and opportunities arising from the popular movements seeking to correct entrenched sexist behaviour in the media and beyond.
In a journalism and media career spanning three decades, you could say Tracey Spicer has seen it all. She’s reported locally, nationally and internationally for TV, radio, print and online, working in news, current affairs, documentary and lifestyle programmes. She’s been a reporter, editor, essayist, columnist, trainer, producer – and, of course, a newsreader and presenter.
As one of Australian media’s stalwarts, Spicer has seen the best and worst of the industry, especially in terms of its treatment of women. Her 2006 unfair dismissal case against Channel Ten signalled a shift in the fight against workplace discrimination. For Spicer, it was about standing up for all women. And Spicer’s advocacy extends beyond media – she’s been an ambassador for Dying with Dignity, ActionAid, World Vision, Cancer Council NSW and many more.
Tracey Spicer is an iconoclast whose TEDx talk ‘The Lady Stripped Bare’ has been seen by nearly 1.5 million people. Tracey has anchored national news, current affairs and lifestyle programs for several TV networks, and has brought her sassy style to talkback radio. Her columns appear weekly in metropolitan newspapers and on opinion websites. The 49-year-old is the co-founder and national convenor of Women in Media.
Sally Warhaft is a Melbourne broadcaster, anthropologist and writer. She is the host of The Fifth Estate, the Wheeler Centre’s live series focusing on journalism, politics, media, and international relations, and The Leap Year, a Wheeler Centre podcast about Australians' lives in the fog of the Covid-19 pandemic. She is a former editor of the Monthly magazine and the author of the bestselling book Well May We Say: The Speeches that Made Australia.
Sally is a regular host and commentator on ABC radio and has a PhD in anthropology. She did her fieldwork in Mumbai, India, living by the seashore with the local fishing community.