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A passionate and engaging communicator, Nuala has relished the exciting and diverse opportunities her 16 years in television have thrown her way. While she has worked out of both Australia and the UK, Nuala has also filed stories from across the globe including Cambodia, Mexico, USA, Canada, France, New Zealand, Italy, Greece, and Austria.
In recent years, Nuala has been working as a freelance television reporter while completing her studies in psychology, for which she was awarded the Capstone prize for academic excellence at Melbourne University in 2012. Nuala is currently a Master of Clinical Psychology candidate and provisional psychologist in her final years of training at La Trobe University.
Before to returning to study, Nuala was the full-time Melbourne Correspondent for Sunrise, Weekend Sunrise and The Morning Show. During this time Nuala covered breaking news events and feature stories across Victoria including the 2011 floods, the aftermath of the Black Saturday Bushfires, and the murder of convicted gangland murderer Carl Williams. Nuala also travelled across the country to report on the 2011 Queensland Floods, Cyclone Yasi, both Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Williams’ Royal Visits, and was thrilled to return to London in 2011 to cover the British Royal Wedding.
This follows a year of roaming the globe as the Entertainment Editor, securing interviews with some of the world’s most famous faces. Prior to that, Nuala spent two and half years in London as the UK/Europe Correspondent covering stories including the disappearance of Madeleine McCann, the Inquest into the death of Princess Diana, and the arrest of Joseph Fritzl responsible for Austria’s so called “House of Horrors”.
Nuala began her television career in 1997 when she was chosen to co-present The Bookplace, an award-winning preschool program. She quickly caught the attention of news executives and in 1998 was asked to present the weather for South Australia's top-rating Seven News. Her role was further expanded when she became a reporter on Discover, a travel and lifestyle show.
In 2003 Nuala transferred to Channel Seven Sydney to join their popular travel and lifestyle show Sydney Weekender and by the end of the year had teamed up with Ian Ross and Matthew White to form the new Sydney and Canberra Seven News team. Nuala became a favourite with viewers with her lively location weather reports and hourly news updates.
In addition to a graduate diploma in psychology, Nuala is a qualified lawyer and a trained actor. She completed a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws in 2000 and was admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor in 2001. She studied at the Flinders Drama Centre, a full-time acting course, from 1996-98. As an actor Nuala has been delighted to return to the stage from time to time including playing the lead role of Gerda in the Sydney Theatre Company production of The Snow Queen.
"Nuala Hafner was a pleasure to work with. She is a wonderful role model for young women, and has a great story of hard work and determination. We were glad to have her involved in our event."
Ruth Strother - National Conference Co-ordinator, Young Leaders Foundation