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Matthew O’Neil (2006)

Matthew is a producer and a journalist

Matthew O’Neil has been achieving impressive milestones since his graduation from Glenaeon in 2006. He undertook a Bachelor of International and Global Studies at the University of Sydney, where he was recognised and awarded for a Dean’s list of Academic Excellence and Prizes in 2013. He also researched and wrote a first class honours thesis on Australia-Indonesia relations, and received a $ 3,000 scholarship for a cultural exchange in 2011.

Matthew has been working as a producer and as a journalist for the last five years at the ABC, which has provided him with many opportunities in his career.

Check below for more details of his career and plans for the future.

What have you been doing since school?

Since completing school, I have been fortunate enough to have had a variety of interesting and fulfilling experiences. In 2013, I graduated with a Bachelor of International and Global Studies degree from the University of Sydney with first class honours in Government and International Relations. During my time at University, I studied on exchange in Mexico, worked on an active volcano in Nicaragua for six months, and presented a weekly program for Sydney community station FBI Radio.

For the past five years, I have worked as a journalist and as a producer for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. We broadcast nationwide on analogue and digital radio, frequency 630 in Sydney and the website is http://www.abc.net.au/newsradio/.

This is an exciting role that has allowed me to indulge my interests in writing, politics and current affairs. I have interviewed former prime ministers and premiers, award winning authors and musicians as well as key figures in politics, business and civil society.

What impact did Glenaeon have on your career choice?

Glenaeon has a culture that encourages students to keep an open mind and to think and work independently - essential skills in journalism. I was fortunate enough to have had great English and history teachers who helped cultivate my interest in the subjects and sharpen my analytical and communication skills. This all took place in an accepting and supportive learning environment that set me up well for my vocation and gave me the confidence to pursue it.

What is your favourite Glenaeon memory?

I have fond memories of playing the eccentric Elwood P. Dowd in Glenaeon's 2005 production of Harvey. Our class only had a few weeks to put the play together, but in a concise time, we managed to rehearse and stage an impressive production with authentic 1940s costumes and a theatre set we built from scratch. As stressful as it was, I also enjoyed working with my friends to write and perform our HSC drama group assessment. We each played the part of a different tradition of theatre, from realism to melodrama, interacting with the everyday world. Finally, the main lessons, which involved classes in diverse subjects ranging from botany to medieval romance, always kept me engaged.

What are your plans for the future?

This year I hope to keep building upon my skills and refining my craft. The world is an exciting place at the moment, and I feel privileged to be in a position where I can observe and report on its developments.

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