Highly respected Australian journalist and television presenter, Leigh Sales has received her first-ever nomination for the prestigious Gold Logie award.
Fans of the beloved journalist erupted with joy, flooding social media platforms to celebrate this long-overdue recognition for Sales’ exceptional contributions to the media industry.
Considered an incredible honour in the Australian television industry, the Gold Logie recognises outstanding personalities who have made a significant impact on the small screen.
Sales has been nominated for Most Popular Personality alongside TV presenter Osher Günsberg and last year’s winner, entertainer Hamish Blake. She earned the nomination for her role as the host of 7.30.
The veteran journalist took to social media to share the happy news, while encouraging fans to vote.
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The news of Sales’ Gold Logie nomination quickly spread like wildfire, with fans expressing their delight and showering her with messages of support.
“I could think of no one more deserving Leigh,” one fan wrote.
“Your work has convinced me to become a first time voter!”
“Well deserved,” commented another.
“Massive Congratulations, you have all my votes! Every email I have.”
“Congratulations Leigh, well deserved, fingers crossed.”
Sales’ stellar career began when she joined the ABC in Brisbane in 1995 as a junior reporter and went on to hold a number of senior roles within the news organisation, such as NSW State Political Reporter and National Security Correspondent.
She covered the Iraq War, the 2004 US Presidential election, Guantanamo Bay and Hurricane Katrina as ABC’s Washington correspondent from 2001-2005.
The Walkley Award-winning journalist was appointed as presenter of 7.30 in December 2010, where she covered the terms of five Prime Ministers, nine federal budgets and two federal elections. She has also covered several major news events, including Donald Trump’s 2016 election victory and the death of Nelson Mandela in 2013.
After more than a decade in her role as host of 7.30, Sales made the announcement that she was stepping away from the program on February 10, 2022, telling viewers she would leave the desk in June 2022 following the Federal Election.
The veteran journalist delivered her final show on Thursday, June 30, 2022 with an emotional sign-off after more than a decade of hard-hitting interviews.
Not long after stepping down as host of 7.30, Sales delighted fans when she announced her new gig and her return to television screens as host of Australian Story.