Donna Walker-Mitchell

is an Australian journalist based in Los Angeles.

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Sport May 19, 2018

Small wonder: Leilani Mitchell, 32, basketballer

She was told she was too small to be successful at basketball on the world stage. But Opals and WNBA point guard Leilani Mitchell made a point of proving her doubters wrong.

Culture November 04, 2017

Actor and director George Clooney

In Suburbicon, George Clooney’s latest turn behind the camera, the foibles of American society are again in the spotlight. Here, the actor–director talks about gun laws, the sanctity of the fourth estate and how failure breeds success. “No one wants to look at someone with a string of hits and a string of right decisions. You have to make bad decisions and … you have to make mistakes. You only learn from mistakes. You never learn from success.”

Sport October 14, 2017

Taking a punt: Lachlan Edwards, 25, American footballer

American footballer Lachlan Edwards on how a chance moment of boredom led to a career in the NFL, and why he steers clear of social media.

Sport August 26, 2017

Allen’s key: Rebecca Allen, 24, basketballer

WNBA basketballer Rebecca Allen on life, Liberty and refusing to become ‘that negative person in the background’ when things go wrong.

Culture August 12, 2017

Anthony LaPaglia’s pioneer spirit

Long before Australian actors were celebrated in the US, Anthony LaPaglia was forging a solid career in theatre and movies. But, he says, his rise to stardom could not have been more unexpected.

Sport May 20, 2017

Pitch perfect: Peter Moylan, 38, baseballer

Kansas City Royals’ Peter Moylan on what he misses about Australia and aiming for the World Series.

Sport December 10, 2016

Nathan Walker, 22, ice hockey player

Nathan Walker on being the first Australian drafted by an NHL team.

Sport November 05, 2016

Pushing through: Adam Gotsis, 24, American football player

Melbourne-born Adam Gotsis on the high-pressure world of America’s NFL.

Sport August 06, 2016

Golden dreams: Penny Taylor, 35, basketballer

Dual Olympic silver medallist and 2006 world champion and WNBA champion with Phoenix Mercury, Penny Taylor has her sights set on gold in Rio.

Culture July 16, 2016

Jacki Weaver in Hollywood

Actress Jacki Weaver had to wait until her 60s for worldwide acclaim. Now, the offers from Hollywood keep flooding in.

Culture June 11, 2016

Bruna Papandrea’s journey from Elizabeth to Hollywood

The Australian-born Hollywood producer putting women’s stories at the centre of film and television.

News March 12, 2016

Australian links to FBI drug-smuggling bust

As the alleged leader of an illegal sports gambling and international drug-smuggling ring awaits trial in the US, four Australians are also accused of having links to the network.

Culture November 21, 2015

Director Ryan Coogler on his Rocky spinoff ’Creed’

Influential young director and screenwriter Ryan Coogler on bringing Rocky back to the big screen in Creed.

Culture August 29, 2015

The Gift of Joel Edgerton

Joel Edgerton talks about The Gift and how he got from sleeping out the back of Phillip Noyce’s house to Hollywood success.

Culture May 16, 2015

Mad Max creator George Miller’s return to auteur space

Filmmaker George Miller re-enters the dystopian world that first shot him to fame.

Culture March 14, 2015

Tim Burton sketches artist Margaret Keane in Big Eyes

Tim Burton leaves behind his usual dark canvas to frame a colourful true story of art-world artifice in the film Big Eyes.