Stephanie Wood is an award-winning features writer and the author of
Fake: A Startling True Story of Love in a World of Liars, Cheats, Narcissists, Fantasists and Phonies. She is known for her storytelling ability across a range of subjects and her capacity to connect with readers through personal and human stories shedding light on life in the 21st century. She writes for publications including Good Weekend magazine, published with The Age and The Sydney
Morning Herald each Saturday, The Guardian and Vogue Australia.
She has worked internationally at newspapers including The Independent
in London and The Wall Street Journal in Hong Kong.
She received the Jim Oram Award for Outstanding Feature Writing in the NRMA Kennedy Awards in 2017 for her Good Weekend story recounting the events on the night of Melbourne’s thunderstorm asthma epidemic. Her article on the prescription opioid epidemic won the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists Media Award.
Stephanie has investigated corrupt Australians working in the NGO sector in Cambodia, and explored the radical changes hitting the inner-city Sydney suburb of Redfern. Her interest in telling stories about people who struggle on the edges of society has been reflected in articles about the life of a Kings Cross heroin addict; the travails of a troubled, mentally ill young man who was a victim of the NSW foster-care system; and the alarming increase in elderly abuse.
She is an accomplished profile writer and has told the stories of some of Australia’s most interesting characters: she struggled to understand Australian-born genius mathematician Terry Tao in his Los Angeles lounge-room; shared a couch with Molly Meldrum; trailed former Premier Mike Baird; visited Richard Di Natale’s Victorian farm; and lunched with radio celebrity Kyle Sandilands.
Stephanie is a former editor of The Age Good Food Guide and an experienced food writer and restaurant reviewer, loves writing about the history of Australian cities and society, and her powerful personal essays on subjects including loneliness have drawn huge audiences and touched the lives of many readers.