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HENDERSON, Sarah Moya (1964-)

HENDERSON, Sarah Moya (1964-)

Sarah Henderson, 2013.

Sarah Henderson, 2013.

Former ABC ‘The 7.30 Report’ presenter, journalist and lawyer, Sarah Henderson was the prominent Liberal Party candidate for the Victorian State seat of Corangamite at the Federal Election in 2010. In 2013 she was elected to the seat of House of Representatives Corangamite Seat.

Sarah is a member of a family that have been heavily involved in Geelong politics. Her father, Michael Henderson(-1995), a former mayor of Newtown and Chilwell and also a legal practitioner, ran unsuccessfully for the seat of Geelong West as a Liberal Party candidate in 1982. Her mother, Ann Henderson (-2002) was the State Member for Geelong from 1992 to 1999 and was Minister for Housing and Minister for Aboriginal Affairs in the State Government from 1996 to 1999. Ann Henderson served on the Geelong College Council from 1981 to 1987.

Sarah Henderson commenced her media career in 1982 as a 17 year old cadet with television’s Channel 7 before moving in 1985 to Channel 9 in Brisbane 3 years later as a new reader and reporter. She returned to Melbourne in 1987, as a newsreader and reporter for Channel 10 presenting the weekend news before switching to the ABC in 1989 where she worked as a presenter on 'The Investigators' program until 1992 and then 'Holiday' on the ABC in 1992 and 1993. In 1994 she was a presenter on the 7 Network's 'Australia's Most Wanted' and on afternoon radio on 3AW.

She then moved on to 'The 7.30 Report' where she won a Walkley Award 'for best coverage of a current story' in 1994 for her report on the Port Arthur Massacre. She was the Victorian presenter of 'The 7.30 Report' in 1995. It was during this period that she started studying law, graduating from Monash University in 1998. Sarah completed her Articles from 1998 to 2002 with the law firm, Arthur Robinson and Hedderwicks Lawyers (now Allens Arthur Robinson). Sarah has also worked as a columnist with the Herald Sun newspaper from 2002 to 2004.

She has worked as a commercial lawyer advising on a range of litigation, corporate, regulatory and intellectual property matters, with News Corp in New York during 1999-2000 as a media specialist and established her own media consultancy, Kudos Management from 2002-2004. She has worked as Network Business Manager - Programming with Network Ten in 2004- 2006 and as Legal and Business Affairs Manager with National Indigenous TV from 2008 to 2009. More recently she was senior Consultant with the Clifton Group in 2011.

Sarah began her schooling at Sacred Heart College as a three year old at the Kindergarten, later enrolling at the College from 1977 to 1981 not long after the College became co-educational. She was notable as the first female School Captain. At College, she played Tennis and became a member of the School Athletics, Netball and Fencing Teams in 1981. In 1981 she was awarded the Environmental Science Prize as well as the Principal’s Prize for the School Captains. She was one of the co-hosts of the very successful and popular 1995 OGCA Revue 'As Time Goes By' held at the College. She graduated Bachelor of Laws (Hons) from Monash University in 1998 and was admitted to the Supreme Court of Victoria as a solicitor and barriser in 1999.

Sarah Henderson was inducted into the Old Geelong Collegians' Association (OGCA) Notables Gallery at Geelong College in October 2014.

Sources: Geelong Advertiser, 15 June, 2009 p3; Geelong Advertiser Geelong Today July, 2009 p4-5; Geelong Times 29 July, 2009 p4; Geelong Business News Issue 180 Nov, 2009 p12-13; Geelong Advertiser 28 Sept, 2009 p23; Ad Astra July 2014 p51; accessed 26 Aug 2014; accessed 26 Aug 2014 OGC 1981. Last update 26 Aug, 2014.
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