Lanai is a Senior Writer for News Corp Australia, breaking exclusive stories for pages 1-9 of the News Corp Australia national tabloids. She has worked as a journalist for more than 11 years covering federal politics, business, women, families, mental health, immigration, tourism, social affairs, education, along with a range of other topics at the forefront of the Australian media landscape. Lanai was made a ward of the state at age five and experienced significant tragedy in her childhood. Her mother died of suicide when Lanai was seven and her father died of a heart attack when she was 16. Lanai was determined to not let her past define her and worked hard to achieve success in the competitive media landscape. Lanai has travelled Australia and the world with her writing, been on the frontline of election campaigns, leadership spills and natural disasters.