Melinda Farrell Biography
Melinda Farrell, an Australian by origin, is an internationally renowned sports anchor and freelance sports reporter who describes herself as an independent broadcast media professional. Presently, she works with the US based international cable and satellite sports TV channel ‘ESPN’ in the role of a journalist, presenter and producer for its sports news website ‘ESPNcricinfo’. After earning her BA degree from ‘University of Canberra’ majoring in TV Communication/Journalism, she embarked on a career in journalism with MC and worked with it for five years. The young talented and dynamic reporter has covered a wide range of sporting codes starting from print, magazine, radio and television, earning much accolades and international repute. Her career so far has witnessed her thriving to perform varied responsibilities and assignments including floor managing biggest indoor equestrian event of England during opening ceremony in the Middle East and covering ‘World Superbike Championship’ from pit lane. She has also remained part of ‘ABC News 24’ and served as sports host for Sportsfan.com.au. Joining ESPN she gradually emerged as one of the prominent hosts in covering a match as a member of ESPNcricinfo Match Point on-air team.
- Melinda Farrell was born on January 24, 1985, in New South Wales, Australia. Not much is known about her parents and family life except that she has a sibling named Terry Farrell.
- She attended the Catholic non-government co-educational school called ‘James Sheahan Catholic High School’ that is situated in Orange, New South Wales, Australia, from where she finished her high school education.
- Her passion for journalism led her to resolve in building a career in the field. In that pursuit she enrolled at the ‘University of Canberra’ and obtained her BA degree from the University majoring in TV Communication/Journalism.
- Farrell commenced on a career in journalism as a freelancer, working with MC for five years. During such tenure, Farrell, who has a special admiration for cricket and rugby leagues, hosted different such events including as on-field MC during the Wallabies V Lions 2013 held at the ‘Stadium Australia’.
- Meanwhile, in 2010 ‘Cricket Victoria’, the governing body of cricket in the Australian state of Victoria, bestowed her with the ‘Spirit of Cricket’ award.
- She went on to work in the position of a sports presenter for Sportsfan.com.au as well as for the Australian twenty four hours news channel ‘ABC News 24’.
- A dynamic and skilled sports reporter, Farrell has travelled across the world taking her passion for journalism forward. Her overseas endeavour included serving a stint at ‘Sky Sports’ in the UK and staying in the Middle East for seven months to cover ‘Asian Games’ on behalf of ‘David Atkins Enterprises’.
- She has been associated with several prominent sports publication covering news on cricket. Some such publications include ‘The Times’, ‘The Sydney Morning Herald’, ‘The Independent’, ‘Cricket Australia’, ‘The Guardian’, ‘The Wisden Cricketers’’, ‘ESPNcricinfo’, ‘ABC’ and ‘Fox Sports’.
- The dimension of sporting codes covered by Farrell in the UK and Australia are varied for radio, television and print.
- Since October 2014, she has remained part of the ESPNcricinfo Match Point on air team. She joined ESPNcricinfo, an exclusive sports news website for cricket, as a leading presenter and since then has been covering big cricket matches.
- Inducted as a presenter and analyst in ESPN, Farrell has thrived in covering important cricket matches, presenting previews and taking interviews of cricket personalities.
- The shows conducted by Farrell including discussions with experts in the field of cricket concentrate highly on analyzing the cricket matches in details thus giving a picture of an inner perspective of the matches to the audience.
- She is counted among the more accomplished journalists in the Eastern hemisphere. Her endeavour in reporting on Blind Cricket has been highly lauded by the Australian Sports Commission Media Awards. She was also been nominated thrice for the Australian Sports Commission Awards.
- The humanitarian angle of this expert journalist is quite palpable from her advocacy for the ‘McGrath Foundation’, a breast cancer support and awareness charity in Australia, founded in 2002 by the ace Australian cricket player, Glenn McGrath.
- Although her net worth is not known, according to sources, she draws more than $500,000 USD annually with huge amount of incentives, bonus and match fees.
- She maintains a good connect with the audience through social networking sites despite her hectic professional schedules and is quite active on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. Her Twitter account ‘melindafarrell’ where she joined in June 2009 has already garnered more than 34 k followers.
- It seems that Farrell is a private person and does not like to reveal matters relating to her personal life to the media. There is not much information available on her private life including her past or present romantic relationships, if any.
- Although many a times there has been speculations about her association with Jesse Hogan, there is no concrete evidence to substantiate such information. Her sexual orientation is assumed to be straight and it is presumed that her present relationship status is single.
- She presently resides in Australia.
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