Patrick Abboud is a Walkley nominated storyteller. He’s currently senior investigative reporter/ presenter for The Feed on SBS VICELAND, a program he pitched the initial concept for.
In 2016/17 alone, he exposed unsolved gay hate crimes; discrimination against transgender people in the Australian Defence Force; and homophobia in the NSW Police force. His story on Australia’s underground Muslim LGBTQI communities helped secure funding for a national support group and community education program. His recent film ’72 Hours in Utopia’ won a special commendation at the Amnesty International Media Awards. Patrick’s documentary exposing the epidemic of bullying in Australian schools, ‘Breaking Point: Bullying’s deadly toll’ has been described as ‘must watch TV’ by news.com.au and something ‘every Australian needs to see’ by The Guardian. The film resulted in a national campaign to change federal policy to better protect children.
Patrick has also hosted the SBS Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras TV broadcast for the past 4 years. Whether hosting live TV or daily radio, presenting compelling documentaries and interviews, for more than a decade Patrick has remained unrelenting in his drive to explore stories and sub cultures you never knew existed. He has been nominated 4 times for a United Nations Media Award.
In 2016 he won the LGBTQI Honour Award for Outstanding Broadcasting and was just named one of Australia’s 50 most influential LGBTQI voices on Cosmopoliran’s 2017 rainbow list. Patrick started his career in radio as presenter and producer of pop culture program Alchemy on SBS radio before moving onto the ABC as a reporter on triple j’s flagship current affairs program HACK.
When he’s not on the TV or radio, you’ll find him at his Palestinian/ Lebanese parent’s house cooking up a Middle Eastern feast with the family.