Michelle Wheeler is a former science and environment reporter for The West Australian newspaper and has been published by The Age, The Sydney Morning Herald, the Countryman, ABC, WA Today, suburban newspapers and more. As a freelance journalist she writes for both specialist science publications and the mainstream media, and helps research organisations communicate their work to the world.
Michelle’s articles have seen her drive to the remote Square Kilometre Array site in a 2WD Hyundai, stand on a boat following a white shark attack to check shark tags are working and spend a day on a tiger snake-infested island dubbed the most dangerous in the world. She was in a boat crash in the Malaysian jungle after meeting isolated tribes deep in the rainforest and has interviewed Buzz Aldrin, Richard Branson, Ewan McGregor and at least three Nobel Laureates.
Michelle previously worked in science communication at The University of Western Australia and WA’s premier science centre Scitech. She has a Bachelor of Science in biological sciences, marine biology and science communication, as well as a Postgraduate Diploma of Journalism.
After years of daily newspaper deadlines, Michelle can write concise, accurate copy quickly and reliably for your writing project. She is accredited with the MEAA’s Freelance Pro, which requires its members to adhere to professional standards including training in media law and ethics. Freelance Pro also comes with professional indemnity and public liability insurance, contract advice, a media access card and a commitment to ethical journalism.