Ellen Fanning is an Australian journalist, and currently the host of the news and current affairs program on The Drum ABC TV and ABC News Channel.
She was previously host of the
Nine Network's television program.
Fanning started a career in commercial radio in 1988, after graduating with a communications degree from the
Queensland University of Technology.  She later joined the  ABC, presenting the ABC Radio National national current affairs program for two years, PM and occasionally AM on The 7.30 Report ABC TV. 
After a stint producing the ABC's late-night current affairs program,
, she was appointed one of the North America correspondents for the ABC network in 1997, based in Washington, D.C. Lateline 
In 2000, Fanning moved to the
Nine Network, working first as a reporter with , then as a reporter for 60 Minutes , before becoming a substitute presenter for A Current Affair A Current Affair and . In 2005, she became presenter of Today , replacing Nightline Helen Kapalos.
Fanning wrote and directed a six-part documentary series titled
Fine Line for SBS TV in 2002. The series dealt with the  ethical questions of journalism. 
In 2006, Fanning became co-host of
with Sunday Ross Greenwood, who was then replaced by Ray Martin in 2007. Martin left the Nine Network in 2008 leaving Fanning as the sole host of the program, alongside Michael Usher presenting the news and Stephanie Brantz presenting the latest sports news.
In 2013, Fanning hosted the 20-episode series
The Observer Effect on SBS TV, and from September 2014 became the presenter of  ABC Classic's Classic Breakfast, having replaced Emma Ayres. 
In 2017, Fanning returned to
ABC TV to become host of , a role she shares with The Drum Julia Baird. In 2019 The Drum became an hour long program broadcast in the primetime slot of 6pm weekdays.
Fanning was born in
Brisbane, Queensland, and attended All Hallows' School. She is married with two sons.  
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