Ms Karen Ashford

Director, Media and Communications

Office of Communication, Marketing and Engagement

place Function Centre
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

Prior to becoming Director of Media and Communications at Flinders University, Karen enjoyed a 30+ year career as an award winning journalist.

Starting at the ABC, she worked variously as a state government media adviser, a print contributor and established a public relations business, before returning to broadcast media. For more than 20 years she was the South Australian correspondent for Australia’s national multicultural broadcaster SBS, producing news and current affairs as a radio reporter, television video journalist and online producer, including reporting forays interstate and internationally.

Qualifications

Grad Cert Business Management (Flin)

Honours, awards and grants

Finalist - Walkley Awards 2011

Winner - SA Media Awards 2013

Finalist - SA Media Awards 2012, 2013, 2014

Winner - Governor's Multicultural Awards 2011, 2015

Winner - Archbishop of Adelaide's Media Awards 2011, 2013, 2014

Key responsibilities

Media team leader, responsible for overseeing the University’s strategic communications, media liaison, speechwriting, and content and editorial management of publications. Also provides media training.

Interests
  • corporate relations
  • research

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