Julia Lester has worked as a Radio Broadcaster and Producer, TV Current Affairs Reporter, Public Speaker, MC of events concerts and conferences, Interviewer, News Journalist, Teacher, Actor and Musician.

Her interests and areas of knowledge are broad and include politics, performing and visual arts, literature, ideas, religion, language, science and philosophy. She respects scholarship and expert knowledge. She reads widely, hungrily consumes podcasts, performs composes and listens to music, gardens, walks and camps in the bush, travels and loves long conversations pondering life’s difficult questions. She is excited by younger generations’ skills and perceptions.

After a career in teaching secondary school music and drama, Ms Lester worked as a journalist in commercial radio and TV.

She then joined the ABC where she stayed, with a few breaks, for 30 years. During that time, she worked as a Journalist and Presenter in TV and Radio across many areas: interviewer and documentary-maker with ABC Radio National, 7.30 Report reporter, live talk host on 891 ABC Adelaide, Presenter of Classic Drive with ABC Classic FM until her retirement in 2015.