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Shirley Stott Despoja


Shirley Stott Despoja has worked as a journalist for more than 60 years. She worked in the 1950s at the Anglican, then covered general news at the Canberra Times. Later, Shirley became the first woman to be employed in the general newsroom at Adelaide’s Advertiser and the paper’s first arts editor. Today she is a columnist at the Adelaide Review, a member of the South Australian Journalists’ Hall of Fame and a United Nations Association of Australia Media Peace Award winner.

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