Tess Lawrence is a broadcaster, journalist advocate and specialist in ethical media services and crisis management and consultant in media strategy, contentious multi-cultural, interfaith, human rights and issues of injustice.
She has taught at a number of institutions, including Deakin University in Ethics and New Reporting and is a forensic researcher and analyst (communications) and implemented, underwrote and directed the campaign seeking santuary for the surviving Iraqi soldiers responsible for the rescue of Australian hostage Douglas Wood. Tess Lawrence was the first female feature writer ‘allowed’ to sit in the previously all male newsroom at the Melbourne Herald.
She has the distinction of travelling around Saudi Arabia sans a male chaperone and sought sanctuary in ‘ the empty quarter ‘ in the company of the bedu who protected her from regime spies as she spent time in the desert after the first Gulf War. She was nonetheless arrested three times by the religious police. She remains a defiant ‘ adulte terrible ‘ and is a passionate advocate of citizen journalism and believes it to be an authentic voice of the journalist as witness.
She is in awe of the young hearts and minds of the pan Arabist children of the revolution.
She is about to launch a campaign for journalist Julian Assange to be the next Dr Who.
She is addicted to English Mars bars and loves her Aunty Audrey to bits.
Although a lapsed Catholic, she still lights candles in memory of her beloved Boxer dogs Bunyip and Gumnut. She is besotted with Australian marsupials and unashamedly incorporates words such as ‘ cobber ‘ and ‘ drongo ‘ in her political reports and analyses.