Frank Pangallo

Frank is a Legislative Council candidate for SA-BEST. Until recently Frank was media advisor to former Senator Nick Xenophon and NXT Senator Rex Patrick.

Frank was born, raised and educated in Adelaide’s western suburbs. He has been married to Angela for 21 years and is a father of three, and a grandfather.

His professional 46-year career has always been media-based, being a former national and State TV current affairs, print journalist and radio broadcaster.

He earned a reputation as a fearless crusader for the ‘underdog’ and advocate for social justice. He is entering politics because he believes the major parties have become arrogant, lost their way and failed to meet the needs and standards demanded by South Australians. A staunch advocate of government of the people, by the people, for the people, Frank wants to help restore public confidence in our elected representatives.

Frank's investigations uncovered abuse of the aged in nursing homes and hospitals, child abuse and fraud. He also successfully advocated for pensioners, asbestos victims and war veterans denied their entitlements.

Frank began his journalistic career in 1972 at the age of 18 as a copyboy at News Ltd.’s now defunct afternoon daily The News (Adelaide) and rose through the ranks to become Editor at the age of 34, in 1989.

He has worked at senior and management level in television news and current affairs, newspapers, national magazines and radio.

In 2017, Frank retired from Adelaide’s top-rated Channel 7’s Today Tonight after 22 years as a supervising producer and investigative journalist. He also held senior executive roles with the program in Sydney and Queensland.

As a reporter he has covered major news and sporting events here and abroad, including three Olympic Games (Sydney, Athens, Beijing), Commonwealth Games (Manchester 2002) four FIFA World Cups (Italia 90, USA 94,Germany 2006 & South Africa 2010) and Formula One motor racing from 1985-1995.

He has also made his mark as a radio sports broadcaster and commentator, specialising in football (soccer) and Formula One motor racing.

SA Press Club Gold Award winner (Journalist of the Year) 2012.

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