ABCPea Nas talks journalism and parenting with a disability
Mandy and Kate chat with ABC national disability reporter Nas Campanella! Nas is blind and has Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease, and is currently on maternity leave looking after her baby son Lachlan.
Nas’ twelve-year journalism career was inspired by her childhood love of radio, her desire to make a difference and the example her mother set for her to always fight for access and opportunities. Nas started in community radio at age 15, completed a journalism degree, undertook many unpaid internships and finally landed a coveted cadetship opportunity in the ABC Sydney newsroom, which led to stints in regional radio and as a newsreader for Kate’s favourite station Triple J. Prior to joining the ABC, Nas was often underestimated and subjected to dismissive and discriminatory experiences while trying to build her career. She’s now proud to be a role model for people with disabilities who dream of embarking on a media career.
Nas also shares her story of becoming a mum to her little boy Lachlan. She discovered a health system that has substantial gaps in knowledge and services for parents with disabilities but has learned to adapt and figure out parenting her own unique way. Thanks for sharing your story with us Nas!
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