South Australian journalist, critic and blogger
In a career spanning three continents and forty years, Samela has written on everything from the depths of international political analysis to gossip. She was the first woman employed to work full-time on the news floor of The News and, by odd chance, the first woman general reporter also at The Evening News in Edinburgh, Scotland.
She was the first woman Aussie Rules football columnist in Australia. She was an Internet pioneer from the days before the WWW, wrote years of Internet columns and was inaugural online editor of The Advertiser when it went digital.
Her professional diversity includes years of food writing and reviewing, including a weekly recipes column which turned into a popular cookbook "On a Shoestring - Recipes from the House of the Raising Sons". Until recent retirement, she was senior features writer and theatre critic for The Advertiser and she continues to review theatre for a fashionable arts website, thebarefootreview.com
Samela is daughter of South Australian literary legend, Max Harris. She has two sons, two granddaughters and a recently retired rocket scientist for a husband.