Tasmania gets its first SBS correspondent in Hobart – a first for the Special Broadcasting Service. Diverse Tassie Editor took the opportunity to meet with the new correspondent Sarah Maunder who will be managing stories for Tasmania.

Please share with our readers on who you are and what you do.

My name is Sarah Maunder and I am the new Tasmania Correspondent for SBS News. I primarily file for the 6:30pm SBS World News television bulletin, but I also file for online and radio as much as possible. I’m a one-woman show, I film my own stories and live crosses, and I cut/edit my own stories as well. I started my career with regional newspapers in Port Pirie, South Australia, and I started working with the ABC in 2016 in Mount Gambier. I lived in Port Macquarie, NSW for a year, and most recently I spent 10 months in Sale, Victoria at ABC Gippsland. This is my first role with SBS.

Please share your experience and opportunities you had working and collaborating in diverse,Multicultural and inclusive settings.

One of the first stories I ever got to cover in Mount Gambier, South Australia was with the Baháʼí community there. I’ve also covered a number of Ramadan events in South Australia and NSW. I’ve done stories on Aboriginal people and communities in Victoria, South Australia and NSW, and did reporting around the 2018 Sulawesi earthquake. I’ve reported on the aged-care and disability Royal Commission, and I contributed and worked on stories with the LGBTQI community.

How did u find Tasmania and how different or unique is Tasmania to the other places you have seen before in terms of its diversity.

I’ve only been here as a reporter for a week and a half, but already I can see how special Tasmania is to the diverse communities here. There’s a real growing population of people from diverse backgrounds that are moving here, which I assume has something to do with how beautiful Tasmania is!

Did you ever had any interesting encounter with a person from different cultural background which u want to share with our readers.

Nothing that immediately comes to mind, but I appreciate any and all encounters with anyone who wants to talk to me! That’s the great thing about being a reporter, you can meet lots of people and learn from every experience.

How do you find our newspaper "Diverse Tassie”. A friend recommended it to me!

Is SBS planning to play important role in improving the inclusiveness of this multicultural land,Tasmania through any future projects?.

Absolutely! There are no events planned right now, but I’m going to do my best to tell as many stories from all the different communities that call Tasmania home.

How can community organisations contact you at SBS?and is there anything in particular in terms of content that you are looking for ...from the organisations (for your publications)?.

My email address is and my direct number is 0427 655 561. The SBS charter is clear: we exist to tell the stories of the diverse communities in Australia. If you have a story, or just want to chat, please get in touch. I’m just starting out and could use all the help I can get!

Lastly Thanks and all the best in your role as a correspondent in Tasmania.Any comments on why it took so long for SBS to have a correspondent in Tasmania.

I’m sorry - I don’t know, so I can’t comment on that. But I am so happy to be here, and I don’t take this responsibility lightly. Journalism is going through a tough time right now, and so many of my friends have lost their jobs, and so many newspapers I love have been temporarily shut down - maybe even for good. This is not a job I take lightly and I am very eager to tell as many stories as I can.

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