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Storyology is Australia’s premier festival of media and storytelling. Register and see the full site at walkleys.com/storyology15/. Bookmark the mobile site at storyology15.sched.org/mobile. And follow the conversation on Twitter at #Storyology.

Program updates for Friday: 
- Sydney Morning Herald’s innovation editor, Stephen Hutcheon, is replacing Conal Hanna on the Tiny screen, big disruption: Mobile-first strategies, and Amy O’Leary will not be appearing.
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Wendy Zukerman

Gimlet Media's Science Vs
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@wendyzuk

Wendy Zukerman is a science journalist who regularly discusses science and technology on radio and TV. She is the creator and host of the internationally acclaimed podcast Science Vs and regularly appears on triple j and 702 ABC Sydney. Wendy previously worked on ABC’s Catalyst and The Checkout. She was the Asia Pacific reporter for New Scientist Magazine, and appears on Channel 10′s The ProjectStudio 10The Drum and The Feed. Wendy has also written for a variety of newspapers and is a regular contributor to The Saturday Paper.

 Tell us a bit about you. How did you get to where you are today? What led you to become a storyteller?

I finished a biomedical science/law degree in Melbourne and was about to head into the corporate legal world when I decided to take a year off. I wanted to see if I could make a living from journalism – which had been “the dream” ever since I abandoned the idea of being Indiana Jones’ sidekick. I emailed Dr Karl to tell him that I loved what he did – bringing science to the people. The good Doctor invited me to the ABC, where I met the crew at Catalyst. They offered me an internship on the spot. Dominos soon fell, and within the year I moved to Sydney, became the Asia Pacific correspondent of New Scientist Magazine – and told the awaiting corporate law firm that I wouldn’t be available. Since then, I’ve returned to ABC’s Catalyst, worked on The Checkout, dived into life at Radio National and then had the opportunity to make Science Vs.

A career moment I’m proud of is …

I was really proud of Pornography episode of Science Vs. It was a tricky space.

Something or someone I’m inspired by is …

I’m inspired by a lot of fabulous science story tellers. Most recently, I read the Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, by Rebecca Skloot. It was an amazingly dedicated and heartfelt piece of science journalism.

The time/place I’m most creative is …

When I’m talking and thinking about scientific discoveries, and what they mean for the world.

A kind of innovation that excites me is …

One that takes a bit of risk, and genuinely makes our lives better.

Other storytellers I admire are …

Too many to mention! Ed Yong for his beautifully fun language, Robyn Williams for his dedication to quality, the late Oliver Sacks for this heart and humor, Carl Sagan, Dr Neil deGrasse Tyson…

I would advise my 15-year-old self …

Don’t stress so much – trust what you can do. Ask questions when you don’t understand. And don’t be afraid to negotiate.

At Storyology I can’t wait to share …

The story of Science Vs.