Portrait of Alan Saunders

Alan Saunders

Alan Saunders is a broadcaster on ABC Radio National.

Alan Saunders was born and educated in London. He studied philosophy at the University of Leicester where he was also president of the students' union, and Logic and Scientific Method at the London School of Economics. He came to Australia in 1981 to pursue research in the History of Ideas Unit at the Australian National University and was subsequently awarded a PhD.

Having joined the Science Unit of ABC Radio National in 1987, Alan Saunders founded ‘The Food Program’. From 1997 to 2004, he was the presenter of Radio National’s ‘The Comfort Zone’, a weekly review of architecture and design, landscape and food and in 2005 he was co-presenter of ‘Saturday Breakfast’. He continues to produce and present ‘The Philosopher’s Zone’ (Saturday 1.30pm, repeat Wednesday 9.35pm) for the station.

Alan has written about food and other topics for various publications including the ABC’s Delicious magazine. He is the author of A is for Apple (Random House) and he had his first novel, Alanna, published by Penguin in 2002. He is in demand as a public speaker and has been a judge for many food, architectural and design awards.

In 1992 Alan Saunders was awarded the Pascall Prize for critical writing and broadcasting.