Hails from: Narelle was born and raised in Perth.
Past life: Narelle has a BA in media and journalism from Murdoch University and a Diploma in multimedia. She is a freelance writer with 5 years' experience working full-time for PerthNow and The Sunday Times. Before joining The Sunday Times she spent four years working in London as a reporter and web production editor for Nature and its online news site. Narelle took out two prizes at the 2012 WA media awards.
Favourite science: Biology. In 2008 Narelle won the WA Media travel writer award for her piece on orang-utans in Borneo.
Loves: Narelle enjoys snowboarding, a good bottle of Scotch and Rocky Road icecream... mmm
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