If you’re a Triple J listener, you’d know the familiar honeyed voice of Nas Campanella.
As the station newsreader, the 27-year-old spends her days racing the clock, churning out news copy, writing scripts and cutting audio to an hourly deadline.
It’s a job that would be stressful for anyone. But to make matters slightly more complicated, Nas is totally blind, and she has a condition which means she can’t read braille.
For a woman who’s heard “how the hell can you be a journalist?” many times over, the stories of her life and the lengths she’s gone to for her dream job are extraordinary.
Nas opens up about how hard it was for her to get a job:
The Sydneysider landed her dream job at Triple J after years of knockbacks and discrimination by potential employers. She told Mia Freedman on the No Filter podcast that she could sense the hostility in the room.
“I knew I had a really good CV. It was long and I had a huge portfolio full of published work, so I knew I was ready and that I had potential. But it wasn’t until I started looking for work where I realized that loads of people loved me, except for one reason – and that was because I was blind.” she said.
“And it did feel like a bit of a kick in the guts.”
Then, in 2011, Nas got a call from the ABC offering her a cadetship. And the rest really is history.