The Mamamia Team
Mia Freedman – Publisher and Creator
Mia Freedman is the founder, publisher and editorial director of Australia’s leading women’s website Mamamia.com.au.
She began her career in magazines, editing Cosmopolitan for 7 years and going on to become the Editor-In-Chief of Cosmopolitan, Cleo and Dolly magazines.
After a brief stint as a commercial TV executive, she walked away from corporate life in 2007 to start a personal blog called Mamamia.com.au which she grew solo until her husband came on board as CEO in 2010. Together, they transformed Mamamia into Australia’s leading women’s website with hundreds of contributors and a full time editorial team.
In 2012, she launched parenting website iVillage.com.au and together with Mamamia the two sites now reach 1.3 million Australian women each month and generate 14 million page views. Mamamia has become the go-to website for politicians and others wishing to engage with influential women.
Author of three books including Mia Culpa, Mia has three children aged 4-15 and her wheels fall off regularly.
Find her on Twitter here.
Jamila Rizvi – Editor
Jamila became Editor of Mamamia after 5 years working in politics, advising the Government on media, youth, child care and women’s issues. She’s 27 years old, lives in Sydney with two gorgeous single men (yes, she will take phone numbers) and flies to Melbourne to visit her boyfriend so often that she now knows the Qantas lounge staff by name. Jamila writes about feminism, politics and current affairs but spends most of her time bossing around the rest of the team and taking credit for their work. You can follow her on Twitter here.
Lucy Ormonde – Deputy Editor and News Editor
Lucy is a the deputy editor at Mamamia. She grew up in Melbourne and has a post graduate degree in journalism. Before starting at Mamamia she worked as a journalist for a small country newspaper and wrote about things like the weather and cows with mastitis. Lucy writes mostly about news and current affairs, drinks too much tea and owns a retro pink bike named Therese. You can follow her on Twitter here.
Rebecca Sparrow – Contributing Editor
Over the past 20 years Bec has sold touch lamps, worked as a nanny, a travel writer, a magazine editor, a TV publicist, a newspaper columnist, a TV scriptwriter and a secret shopper (once). She’s the author of 5 books including the best-selling novel The Girl Most Likely which is in development as a feature film and Find Your Tribe (and 9 other things I wish I’d known in high school). These days Bec works as a columnist for Mamamia, writes books, acts as sherpa to her children and tries to convince her husband to watch Offspring with her. You can learn more about Bec at www.rebeccasparrow.com and follow her on Twitter here.
Kate Hunter – Contributing Editor
Kate is the writer of all sorts of things. There’s the Mosquito Advertising series of novels for kids nine to thirteenish, lots of ads, and regular posts on Mamamia about everything from disliking fish to telling her kids they can’t do gymnastics AND netball. Kate lives in Brisbane with her husband, three kids and a dog she’s famously lukewarm about. You can follow her ramblings on twitter @katelhunter.
Nicky is Mamamia’s Style and Beauty Editor. She is best known for accidentally kissing the Prime Minister at Kirribilli House when Julia Gillard tapped her on the shoulder, interrupting the phone call she was having with her husband at the time. Other than being awkward, Nicky’s special talents include being rendered speechless in the presence of anyone remotely famous and wasting her brain space with random pop culture factoids she’ll never need – trivia nights aside. You can find her on Twitter at @nickychamp.
Natalia is a writer and Site Coordinator at Mamamia.com.au. She’s also currently studying a double degree in law and journalism. Because she’s not busy enough, she also likes to partake in just about every sport under the sun in the hope that she will eventually be good at one of them. You can find her on Twitter here.
Melissa Wellham is an editorial assistant at Mamamia, who enjoys taking advantage of the fact that she’s allowed to wear sequins into the office. She is a feminist, a ‘fan girl’, and frequently rainbow-haired. You can find her blog here, and follow her on Twitter at @melissawellham.
Em Rusciano is the host of Mamamia Today on Austereo (which you should be tuning into at 3pm every weekday on the Today Network) and regularly appears on Network Ten’s ’The Project’. You should follow her on Twitter here and take a look at her website here. You can listen to podcasts of Mamamia today here.
Dave Thornton – Mamamia Today host
Dave Thornton is one of the hosts of Mamamia Today (that’s right! We’re on the radio! At 3pm weekdays!) and is known for his free flowing humor and extensive experience across TV, radio and stage, including regular appearances at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival.