Mariam Saab

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Mariam Saab is a Lebanese-Australian journalist and television presenter. She is currently a late night anchor on ABC News (Australia).[1]


Mariam Saab was born on the 8th November 1985, in Sydney, New South Wales in a Lebanese-Australian family. She grew up in the Sutherland Shire and attended Illawong Public Primary School followed by The McDonald College performing arts high school.

Her mother, Majida Abboud-Saab, migrated to Australia from Beirut in 1967 aboard the Patris and became a prominent Arabic-language broadcast journalist.[2] A former SBS Arabic language executive producer, Abboud-Saab is widely regarded as having put the world's first dedicated multicultural public television channel to air.[3]

Saab divides her time between Australia, France and Lebanon.


In 2004, Saab began her career at SBS radio as a broadcaster for Alchemy, the station's national youth news, current affairs and music program.[4]

Later, during a stint in the Middle East, Saab was a journalist for the Lebanese Daily Star newspaper.[5] Her work included coverage of continued poverty in the country, and was reported in policy briefings.[6]

During this period, Saab also worked as a freelance producer for Al Jazeera English, France 24, SBS and ABC with assignments in Doha, Tunisia, Beirut and Paris.[7]

In 2011, Saab was one of the organisers of the Beirut Music and Art Festival, featuring 200 local and international artists, including headliners Sister Sledge, Roger Hodgson and Earth Wind and Fire.[8]

From c.2014-2018, Saab lived in Paris, where she was an English-language news and programs presenter for France 24, a global French-government-owned TV channel. She covered the November 2015 Paris attacks and their aftermath.[9] She also frequently appeared as a music critic for France 24's Arts program, Encore,[10] reporting on music trends from destinations including Tripoli and Beirut,[11] and interviewed high profile artists and entertainers including Australian music icon Paul Kelly.[12]

Since 2019, Saab has presented for Australia's national ABC News channel, appearing as a late night anchor.[13] She covered the worst of the 2019-20 Australian bushfire season. Her work has also appeared on various ABC digital platforms.[14]

In September 2020, Saab featured in the Australian edition of marie claire, commenting alongside a diverse group of high profile Australians about their hopes and dreams for the Australian nation and its growing need for change when it comes to much of the country's cultural, social and environmental framework.[15]


Saab is married to Franco-Lebanese musician Rami Khalifé.[16] The couple met when she interviewed him for SBS broadcasting during a music tour in Australia in 2009.[17] They have two children, Gabriel (b.2012 in Beirut) and Ava (b.2015 in Paris).

Saab is praised for her fashion sense on screen.[18][19] She does not maintain a social media or internet presence.


  1. "ABC Late News Weekend: Sunday 4/10/2020". ABC iview. Retrieved 2020-10-09.
  3. Dick, Tim (2010-10-21). "What's so special about SBS now?". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 2020-10-07.
  4. Ang, Ien; Ang, Len; Hawkins, Gay; Dabboussy, Lamia (2008). The SBS Story: The Challenge of Diversity. UNSW Press. ISBN 978-0-86840-839-2. Search this book on Logo.png
  5. "Mariam Saab | Author's Page | THE DAILY STAR".
  7. "Producer, Mariam Saab and her son, with pianist Rami Khalife and Marcel Khalife". Radio National. 2013-04-16. Retrieved 2020-10-09.
  8. "Beirut Music and Art Festival: 'This is just the beginning' | Arts & Ent , Culture | THE DAILY STAR". Retrieved 2020-10-09.
  9. "Encore! - Artists around the world say 'We are Charlie'". France 24. 2015-01-12. Retrieved 2020-10-09.
  10. "Mariam SAAB: news, videos, reports and analysis". France 24.
  13. "ABC News Weekend | Program | ABC Australia". Retrieved 2020-10-07.
  14. "Marcel Khalife's return to post-revolutionary Tunisia". Radio National. April 18, 2013.
  15. "Australian Celebrities, Journalists And Activists On Australia's Future". Marie Claire. Retrieved 2020-10-07.
  16. "Producer, Mariam Saab and her son, with pianist Rami Khalife and Marcel Khalife". Radio National. April 16, 2013.
  17. Cornwell, Jane. 2013. Grand oud man of music. The Australian 25 Nov 2013: p.13.

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