Photo of a young Kyla Brettle

Kyla's background is in music and literature - she has a Bachelor of Music and a Bachelor of Arts from Melbourne University. She completed a double major in english and cultural studies and played the flute, oboe, piano, saxophone and African drums at school.

Kyla became interested in screen documentaries after becoming a finalist in the 1997 series of ABC Television's Race Around the World competition. She started an independent film production company and made several programs for broadcast. Her work has been funded by the Film Finance Corporation and ABC Television.

In 2000 Kyla developed an interest in print media and video journalism. She worked both as a contract and freelance writer for the Age's Sunday Life magazine and then as a video journalist for SBS's Dateline.

Kyla returned to sound and discovered speech-radio in 2001. Her first audio documentary was commissioned by ABC Radio National's Radio Eye and won best new artist at the Third Coast International Audio Festival. She continued freelance production until 2006 when she became a regular contractor.

In 2005 Kyla started teaching at RMIT University where she had the opportunity to develop courses and contribute to the Media Program's award winning curriculum. After a couple of years as a sessional lecturer she went on-staff as Lecturer in Radio and Communication.