Sarah's story

Alumna, Sarah Backhouse reports on all that is green

Sarah Backhouse was born in the UK and raised in Australia and Japan. After graduating from ANU in 1995 with Bachelor’s degree in both Economics and Japanese Studies she spent a year studying at Keio University in Tokyo where she perfected her now fluent Japanese.

Sarah currently resides in Los Angeles where she has become especially recognisable for her work in environmental media, covering the gamut of all that is eco - from test driving the latest alternative fuel vehicles to grilling A-list celebrities on the green carpet.

Sarah's current role as host of The Planet 100, a daily online news show for Discovery's Planet Green, is Sarah’s dream job. She explains "To be able to apply the creativity of content creation in the arena of sustainability has just been incredible. I feel very lucky to be exposed to the bleeding edge of new technologies and ideas on how to live in better harmony with nature. Every day is a learning experience and for that I am very grateful."

Sarah's career in television started when a fellow ANU student and good friend saw an advertisement in the Sydney Morning Herald for a Japanese speaking researcher for a TV show. Sarah explains "Just before graduation, I applied and got the job. That show ended up being Beyond 2000 and I've been working in broadcast and digital media ever since."

Sarah also hosts and writes for other green media networks including Mother Nature Network, Huffington Post, Causecast, G Living and Worth Magazine's Philanthropy section. Reporting from sustainability conferences across the country, Sarah has interviewed heads of state, UN officials, business leaders, socially conscious celebrities, environmental activists, climate scientists, filmmakers and designers.

Reflecting on her time at ANU Sarah explained "My experiences at ANU have proved invaluable to my career. My background in Economics has provided a framework for almost everything I do - from analytical thinking to problem solving".

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Updated:  May 27, 2019 /Responsible Officer:  Alumni Relations Senior Officer /Page Contact:  Alumni Relations