Stephanie Wood is an award-winning Australian long-form features journalist known for her rare storytelling ability across a range of subjects, and her capacity to connect with readers through personal stories that shed light on elements of the human condition in the 21st century. Now working independently on a number of writing projects, and based in Sydney, she spent five years as a senior staff writer at Fairfax Media’s Good Weekend magazine (released with The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age newspapers each Saturday). She has worked internationally at newspapers including The Independent in London and The Wall Street Journal in Hong Kong.
In 2017, her work has been recognised with two awards: her Good Weekend story recounting the events on the night of Melbourne’s thunderstorm asthma epidemic received the Jim Oram Award for Outstanding Feature Writing in the NRMA Kennedy Awards, while 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.