Leigh Sales was born in Brisbane, Australia. She holds a master's degree in international relations from Victoria's Deakin University and a bachelor's degree in journalism from the Queensland University of Technology. A journalist and author, Sales is the recipient of two Walkley Awards: for radio current-affairs reporting, in 2005, and for broadcasting and online interviewing, in 2012. Since 2011, Sales has hosted 7.30, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation's television current-affairs programme. Her book, Detainee 002, earned her the 2007 George Munster Award for Independent Journalism, presented by the University of Technology, Sydney.