Johanna Leggatt is a Melbourne-based journalist with more than 15 years’ experience in news and feature writing in Australia and overseas.
Joh has never wanted to do anything other than interview people and write for a living. Her first editor-in-chief apologised to her on her first day as a journalist for the meagre cadet wage she would be receiving of $296 in the hand. She couldn’t understand what he was talking about — she was 18 years old, and she was being paid to pry into people’s lives and write about them. The wage looked liked a small fortune.
In Australia, she has worked for both Fairfax (The Sun-Herald newspaper in Sydney), NewsCorp (The Gold Coast Bulletin, The Sunday Herald Sun, The Weekly Times) and as a court reporter for Australian Associated Press, where she covered a number of high-profile cases, including the trial of Natasha Ryan and the disappearance of Daniel Morcombe.
Internationally, she has worked as the Digital Health Editor for The Daily Telegraph, and as a sub-editor for The Guardian in London.
Most recently, she was the Country Living Editor at The Weekly Times newspaper at NewsCorp, before leaving to pursue a full-time freelance career. Her book reviews and author profiles can be seen in The Sydney Morning Herald and The Guardian Australia, and she also contributes profiles and lifestyle pieces to The Herald Sun’s Weekend section, The Weekly Review and The Weekly Times newspaper.
Joh has a strong fascination with the property market, and regularly writes property and careers stories for The New Daily website, among others. She has well-developed photography skills, too.
Having previously worked as a commissioning editor at top-tier publications, Joh understands what companies and editors are after: clean copy that is error-free, engaging and delivered on time.