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Wise Women: Alex Sloan

Emma Macdonald

“Forgiveness is a very underrated virtue and it sure trumps hate.”

In the lead-up to International Women’s Day, HerCanberra celebrates 10 outstanding local women who revealing their own wisdom based on the very different paths they have taken in life.

Alex Sloan recently retired from ABC radio after a 27-year career where she has been the voice of the Drive, Weekend, Morning and Afternoon Programs and pioneered the Canberra Close Up series which became one of 666’s most popular shows.

On the medium of radio

“I love it as a forum for ideas and a place to have a deeper discussion about issues we all need to talk about rather than the ones we just want to talk about. While radio remains incredibly popular we can take the risk of talking about the difficult and unpopular. I think that’s vital, if the public broadcaster doesn’t do that who will?

I love it that local radio presenters become friends, there is a trust there. There is the great two-way conversation, I would ask a question and back came the most incredible answers, Wikipedia eat your heart out.”

I am happiest

“At home with my family. I can be found curled up on my bed with the whole kit and caboodle, husband, daughter, two dogs, many books and a costume drama on the TV. I’m also pretty skittish when I’m doing my “crazy cooking” (as my husband calls it) using veggies grown in our garden.”

When life presents challenges

“I deal with some better than others. We all face challenges and as I get older I’m trying to reach for the “wise”.

I increasingly find I look to example of friends who – when confronted with terrible hurt – have turned not to anger and bitterness but to love, understanding and kindness. Forgiveness is a very underrated virtue and it sure trumps hate.”

This article originally appeared as part of our Wise Women article in Magazine for Autumn 2017, which hits stockists next week. Find out more about Magazine here


Emma Macdonald

Emma Macdonald has been writing about Canberra and its people for more than 20 years, winning numerous awards for her journalism - including a Walkley or two - along the way. Canberra born and bred, she’s fiercely loyal to the city, tribally inner-north, and relieved the rest of the country is finally recognising Canberra’s cool and creative credentials. More about the Author