Alan Sunderland began his ABC career as a cadet in the Melbourne newsroom, and spent nine years as a radio and television reporter before moving to SBS in 1988. He returned to the ABC from 2005 to 2019, undertaking a range of senior management roles at ABC News in Sydney before becoming Head of Editorial Policies and, later, Editorial Director under Mark Scott, Michelle Guthrie and, briefly, David Anderson.
He was responsible for overseeing editorial standards, editorial training and complaints handling for all program areas. Since leaving the ABC, he has retained a strong interest in editorial standards, journalism and media ethics through a range of roles with the Walkley Foundation, the Organization of News Ombudsmen and the Australian Press Council. He has written several children’s novels and a book about journalism.