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Karina Kelly

Karina Kelly

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Karina is a former presenter of ABC TV's science programs Catalyst and Quantum. Karina started her career at SBS before moving to Seven Network to host the late night news program, Newsworld. She moved to ABC TV to work on Quantum between 1986 and 1996. Her reports varied widely, from particle physics and the US hunt for the 'truth' quark, and filming for the first time the megafauna found in South Australia's Coonawarra region, to debate on childhood leukaemia clusters and plutonium re-processing. Karina returned to Catalyst between 2001-05.

She holds numerous international awards, including a World Gold Medal from the New York Film and Television Festivals. She was President of the Royal Society of New South Wales (2003-05) and is a former board member of the National Museum of Australia and the University of Sydney's Near Eastern Archaeology Foundation. While at Quantum she promoted the "Save Eric" campaign raising over $500,000 to purchase the opalised fossil skeleton of an 110 million year old pliosaur, "Eric" for the Museum, and to fund its Australian tour. Karina has a BA (Hons) from the University of Sydney and received an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Wollongong, for services to Science and Science Journalism in 2007. Karina was appointed to the Trust in January 2012.

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