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Suzannah Lyons

Journalist (Multimedia)

Background

Suzannah Lyons is a storyteller, digital producer, and science and health journalist. She is passionate about storytelling and science, and the intersections between the two. She believes in making research accessible so that people from all walks of life can appreciate the ideas, stories, humans and history behind medical research and discoveries.

Prior to joining Burnet, Suzannah was the Strategic Communications Adviser for research across the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre.

She’s also worked for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation for over a decade, most recently as the online science reporter for ABC Science, reporting on the latest research news and issues in science and health as part of the ABC’s specialist science unit. She’s appeared on Radio National’s Life Matters, RN Drive, Science Friction, The Health Report and The Science Show. She is a skilled workshop facilitator and MC.

Suzannah trained as both a chemist and a journalist but found she was better at telling stories than hanging out in the lab. She can still make a mean batch of cornflour slime.

Follow Suzannah on: Twitter | LinkedIn

Appointments

Member, Science Journalists Association of Australia

Positions

  • 2020-ongoing: Freelance science journalist
  • 2020-2022: Strategic Communications Adviser (Research), Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre
  • 2019-2020: Online Science Reporter, ABC Science
  • 2017-2019: Science Writer / Project Manager, Science in Public
  • 2016-2017: Digital Editor, Australia Plus, ABC International
  • 2011-2016: Digital Producer, ABC Open
  • 2014-2015: Journalist / Digital Producer, ABC Emergency
  • 2010: Digital Producer, ABC Health & Wellbeing
  • 2010: Researcher / Digital Producer, Catalyst, ABC TV
  • 2008-2010: Digital Producer, ABC Science Online
  • 2007-2008: ScienceNetwork WA Editor, Scitech

Qualifications

  • 2021: Bachelor of Arts (Honours), Monash University, Australia. Graduated with First Class Honours after completing Journalism honours thesis entitled ‘When the public doesn’t trust science – what can journalists do about it?’.
  • 2006: Graduate Diploma in Scientific Communication, The Australian National University, Australia
  • 2005: Bachelor of Arts (Mass Communication: Journalism) & Bachelor of Science (Chemistry), Murdoch University, Australia

Awards

  • 2022: Work featured in The Best Australian Science Writing 2022, published by NewSouth Publishing
  • 2021: Prize for best honours student in Journalism, Monash University
  • 2021: Prize for best honours thesis in Journalism, Monash University
  • 2020: Work featured in The Best Australian Science Writing 2020, published by NewSouth Publishing