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Karen Lyon


For more than two decades, Karen Lyon has covered Melbourne and its sports-obsessed culture. She was a political reporter before crossing the boundary line to sport in 1999, and has been covering the world of sport ever since.

Karen has witnessed some of the world’s biggest sporting events for the Age newspaper, and has been a regular contributor the ABC’s sports coverage over the journey. Football, netball, tennis and cricket are her main sporting loves, but she will watch any contest that brings people together.

As well as continuing to freelance as a journalist, Karen teaches Sport Education and Media at the University of Melbourne – a subject that looks at the influences of commerce and media on sport, and asks: does sport drive equality in our society?

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