Antoinette Lattouf

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Antoinette Lattouf
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NationalityAustralian
CitizenshipAustralia
Alma materUniversity of Technology, Sydney
OccupationJournalist
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Antoinette Lattouf is an Australian television, radio and online journalist, she is Director of Media Diversity Australia and is currently a senior journalist at Network 10.

Lattouf is a media personality, a diversity advocate and a mental health ambassador.

In 2019, Antoinette was named among AFR's 100 Women of Influence. In 2020 she was a B&T Women in Media 'Champion of Change' finalist.

In 2020, Lattouf joined the Judith Neilson Institute For Journalism and Ideas' International Advisory Board. She is also an Ambassador for the Gidget Foundation and the Australian Thyroid Foundation.

Education

Lattouf attended various public schools in Western Sydney, she studied Communications (Social Inquiry) at the University of Technology Sydney, Sydney.

Early Life

Lattouf's parents came to Australia as refugees from Lebanon in the 1970s.

Personal Life

Lattouf is married and has two daughters.

Advocacy

Lattouf co-founded Media Diversity Australia (MDA) in 2017. The not-for-profit organisation seeks to increase cultural and linguistic diversity in Australia's news media. Advisory board members include Stan Grant (journalist), Waleed Aly, Hugh Riminton, Monica Attard, Tala Yassine and Tim Soutphommasane. Lattouf is a preiment voice for the need for greater diversity and inclusion in newsrooms.

In 2020, MDA released their damning report about the lack of diversity in Australian television news and current affairs . Lattouf was a co-author of 'Who Gets To Tell Australian Stories', Australian-first research led by MDA and conducted by Macquarie University, University of Sydney, Deakin University and Western Sydney University with partners Google and the Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance.

Lattouf advocates for more support and awareness for perinatal mental health after struggling with debilitating post natal depression and sharing her journey.

She is also an ambassador for the Australian Thyroid Foundation after a Studio 10 television viewer noticed a lump on her neck and contacted Network 10. As a result Lattouf had surgery to remove the lump and was diagnosed with hashimoto's disease.

Lattouf has spoken out about bullying and racism she experienced whilst working at SBS at the start of her career.

Controversy

In 2019, a comment breakfast television vetran Kerri-Anne Kennerely made to Lattouf was criticised by feminists and media commentators as 'slut-shaming'. Kennerely asked colleague Lattouf ``Did you forget your pants today?" in reference to a playsuit Lattouf was wearing. Kennerely later suggested Lattouf was 'thirsty' a few minutes after the Studio10 panel had discussed it was another word for horny.

Feminist Clementine Ford and media commentator Jan Fran were among many to publicy criticise Kennerely. Kennerley later apologised to Lattouf.