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Deborah Jones


Deborah Jones retired from the Australian newspaper last year after 25 years as a writer, critic and editor working primarily in the arts. She was also executive editor for five years.

Deborah has an honours degree in drama from the University of Newcastle, completed mainly part-time while she worked as a journalist. She then worked for three years as a drama tutor at the university.

She joined the Australian’s Sydney bureau in 1987 as a sub-editor and in 2001 became arts editor, a position she held for nearly 10 years. More recently she edited the Review section and became national dance critic for the paper, a role she still fills. Deborah also reviews musical theatre and, occasionally, opera and theatre for the paper. She has been Sydney correspondent for the London-based magazine OPERA for seven years.

Deborah blogs at, where she writes mainly about dance, theatre and musical theatre.

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