Patrick Abboud

The son of Palestinian / Lebanese parents Patrick Abboud is a Walkley nominated storyteller working across TV, radio, online and the arts.

An accomplished film-maker, Pat often travels alone on assignment presenting, shooting, producing and directing compelling documentaries. He has lived in and reported from across Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Australia.

Pat is a co-host, writer and director for the SBS Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras broadcast. 2016 will see him continue his work on Mardi Gras as well as SBS TV’s irreverent nightly news, tech and culture program The Feed (which he created and pitched the initial concept for).

Pat will also continue freelancing for SBS flagship international current affairs program Dateline. He spent his early career as a radio presenter and podcast producer/ travel writer for Lonely Planet while living in a bus.

A lover of music and electronic art, Pat is also frequently commissioned to curate & produce festival events for some of Australia’s most iconic venues including the Sydney Opera House, sometimes moonlighting as a DJ.

Pat recently took the huge leap to come out publicly as an openly gay young Arab/ Australian man and has since been volunteering as a mentor with a number of queer and other community organisations assisting young people from culturally diverse backgrounds and religions facing difficulties with their sexuality and family.

In his spare time, Pat also maintains his commitment to facilitating arts and media making projects with newly arrived refugees and underprivileged communities.

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