Some things are worth getting up early for, especially when coffee and great conversation are guaranteed. Catch up on the news with The Sydney Morning Herald at the Festival’s first session of the day. Join editors and journalists, and special guest Mexican journalist Anabel Hernández, to hear what’s making headlines and the stories we need to follow.

Supported by The Sydney Morning Herald.

Anabel Hernández (International)

Anabel Hernández

Anabel Hernández is a lead investigative journalist based in Mexico. For the last fifteen years Anabel has focused on investigating drug trafficking cartels in México, and the Mexican government's corruption and abuse of power. Anabel is the author of six books including Narcoland: The Mexican drug lords and their godfathers which exposed the deep complicity between drug cartels, Mexican businessmen and public officials at the highest level. After its publication, Anabel, along with her family and sources, received a series of attacks and acts of intimidation, which so far have gone unpunished. She has written for The Guardian, Le Monde, La Repubblica, La Stampa, Internazionale, Reforma, Proceso, Univision and Telemundo. Her investigations into drug trafficking and corruption have been referenced by media organisations around the world including: BBC, The New Yorker, CNN, Aljazeera, and NBC.