Popular political commentator Annabel Crabb is one of Australia’s most popular political commentators. With her unique style of writing and natural wit, Annabel provides distinctive observations and analysis in her reporting on political events of the day.
Annabel is the chief political writer for ABC online and a Walkley Award winning journalist with over 13 years covering national politics. Annabel has worked extensively in radio, television and print media as a political commentator. She is a regular guest on ABC News 24’s 6pm current affairs show The Drum, and has appeared on ABC TV’s Sunday morning politics programme Insiders since its inception in 2001. She also appeared as one of 5 expert panellists on Gruen Nation during the 2010 election.
Annabel now hosts her own ABC1 political cooking show, Kitchen Cabinet, in which she invites herself around to the homes of federal MPs in search of food and conversation. Annabel started out as a cadet journalist at Adelaide’s The Advertiser in 1997, and worked her way through local government and state political rounds before heading to Canberra in 1999. She has since worked as a political correspondent and sketch writer for The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald, and served for a time as London correspondent for Fairfax’s Sunday titles. She also writes a weekly column for the Sun Herald, Sunday Times (Canberra) and Sunday Age.
She received two Logie nominations in 2013 including the Graham Kennedy Award For Most Outstanding New Talent and Most Popular New Female Talent for her work on the show. She won a Walkley Award in 2009 for her Quarterly Essay ‘Stop At Nothing: The Life And Adventures of Malcolm Turnbull’, and has published two political books, Losing It and Rise Of The Ruddbot. More recently, Annabel has released her humorous yet thought provoking book; The Wife Drought as well as teamed up with friend and fellow ABC journalist Leigh Sales to launch an independent podcast, complete with A Chorus Line-inspired theme song they have written and sung themselves
Annabel is interested in new platforms for political reporting and has established a regular live “Twittercast” of parliamentary question time.