Lorena Allam is from the Gamilarai-Yawalaraay peoples of north west New South Wales, and grew up listening to stories (tall and short) of her family and cultural history. A love of stories–and a fascination with story tellers–led her into journalism: she dumped studying economics for a media degree and has been hooked on radio ever since. Lorena has been a journalist, producer and presenter with the ABC for over 20 years. She has worked in metropolitan and regional radio, news and TV in some very remote and far-flung parts of the continent. Lorena has worked on many RN programs including Awaye!,Earshot, Background Briefing, Hindsight, Breakfast, and 360 documentaries.
Lorena has also trained broadcasters, mentored students, and written for a range of history and social justice publications. She is most proud of her contribution to the Bringing them Home Inquiry into the separation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children from their families, and the National Library’s oral history project of the same name.