TV/radio presenter, journalist, MC/facilitator.
An award winning journalist, accomplished presenter and course facilitator, Andrea is a familiar face to Western Australian audiences.
As a TV journalist, Andrea has reported on some of the biggest stories to have made news over the past two decades. As well, Andrea has been a regular visitor to people’s lounge rooms, as back up host of both the top rating Today Tonight and Channel Seven News.
Armed with a warm manner, a great sense of humour Andrea has easily endeared herself to the public. She mixes comfortably with everyone from senior business executives and political figures, right through to children.
After graduating with a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Western Australia, Andea was employed as a Training Officer by Aherns – now David Jones. Andrea learnt what it means to handle a crowd, by facilitating daily courses. Programmes ranged from inducting new employees to teaching managers how to get the best from their staff.
Eventually, the lure of journalism proved too strong and Andrea started her media career with Channel Ten Perth. Here, she reported on everything from the Gracetown cliff collapse, through to the court dramas of several West Australian Premiers, and many prominent business leaders, including Alan Bond. To keep things interesting, Andrea also produced and presented a weekly Arts segment.
Later, “head-hunted” to join Seven News, here too Andrea proved her worth, as both a reporter and occasional presenter.
Over a period of six years, Andrea was a popular member of the Today Tonight team. Highlights here included a week-long odyssey deep into the jungle of Indonesia, to report on the release of Temara, a Perth Zoo orangutan, being released back into the wild – a world exclusive. As well, Andrea grabbed the opportunity to interview Imelda Marcus after happening upon her in a Manila hotel, while in the Philippines filming a story about foreign workers coming to Australia.
These days, Andrea happily juggles her various media commitments, with work presenting, writing and media training private clients. As well, she tutors in Broadcasting at Edith Cowan University.
Andrea is also a much in demand MC/facilitator for corporate and government conferences, awards evenings, seminars etc.
Accolades from previous speaking engagements
“Andrea was really well received as facilitator for our Perth event. We had fantastic feedback from the two sessions she hosted. Also, she was very easy to work with. Excellent performance.”
National E-Health Transition Authority – Perth forum.
“Andrea filled in for another MC at the last moment due to illness and she did an absolutely superb job as both MC and facilitator. With very little time for research she was totally across our conference theme and handled panel sessions with absolute professionalism and great interaction with the audience. We would have absolutely no hesitation in recommending Andrea to anyone seeking a truly professional MC who also has a wonderful sense of humour and is very easy to work with.”
Dept. of Families, Housing, Community Services & Indigenous Affairs.
“Excellent, excellent, excellent! Andrea was extremely easy to work with and we had fantastic feedback from all our attendees and board. She made the event personal and everyone felt they connected with her. If you want a personal touch as well as professionalism for your event I highly recommend Andrea. Apart from her professionalism, Andrea is an amazing person and we were very privileged to have worked with her. Thank you so much Andrea for your hard work at the event and for making the process so easy.”
Ashleigh Willer, Clubs WA Awards for Excellence.
“The feedback from the Waste & Recycle Conference was very positive. We had great feedback on Andrea’s facilitation, particularly the energy and knowledge she brought to the conference. Over 80% of delegates rated Andrea’s facilitation as excellent. Delegates also appreciated her ability to engage all speakers during the panel sessions.”
Rebecca Brown. Waste & Recycle Conference Convenor.
“Working with Andrea Burns was an experience worth mentioning, she is an accomplished presenter and strategist. We found her expertise invaluable and an inspiration to the people and our business. Andrea approached our project with great depth and meaning.”
Patria Jafferies, Former CEO, Celebrate WA.