Fairfield, New South Wales, Australia
- Journalist and Print Journalist
Emma Tom was born in Victoria but grew up in Sydney and the northern New South Wales town of Lismore. After finishing high school, she worked as a cadet reporter for a Lismore newspaper, then moved to Sydney to work for the Sydney Morning Herald. After eight years at the Sydney Morning Herald she became a regular columnist for the Australian. Tom's columns focus on women's issues, particularly sexual issues, with language that tests the limits of a broadsheet's tolerance. This has led to criticism from other journalists, but, nevertheless, her journalism has attracted several awards.