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Karl Stefanovic is one of Australia’s most popular and admired television presenters.

As the co-host of Channel Nine’s breakfast show Today, with Lisa Wilkinson, Karl is the first person we turn to in the morning for our daily diet of news and entertainment.

Karl has over 20 years experience in television and has worked as a TV journalist in America, New Zealand and Australia. He has been at the forefront of some major local and international news events – including the Queensland floods, Christchurch earthquake, Japanese tsunami, the Bali bombings, the terror trials in Guantanamo Bay, the funerals of Ronald Reagan, Ray Charles and Marlon Brando, the Oscars and the Golden Globes.

In 1994, Karl graduated from the Queensland University of Technology with a degree in journalism and began working for WIN Television in Rockhampton and Cairns as a cadet reporter.

In 1996, he took up a position with TVNZ as a reporter for One Network News. In 1998, he returned to Australia with a job reporting and reading for Ten News in Brisbane. He then moved to Channel Nine as a reporter and in 2003 he was posted to Los Angeles as a correspondent. During this time Karl also worked for the CNN , America’s first all-news channel, for more than 13 months.
In 2005, he took over hosting duties for Today. Since then Karl has also become a regular reporter for Nine’s long-running current affairs program, Sixty Minutes.

In 2011 Karl won the Australian TV Week’s Gold Logie for most popular personality and the Silver Logie for the most popular presenter. In December 2011 Karl was a crew member on racing supermaxi yacht Investec LOYAL when it won line honours in the 2011 Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race. Karl has also hosted the London Olympics for Channel 9.

With over 12 years with the Nine network, an Australia number one breakfast show and covering some of the the biggest stories in the world, Karl has built and established himself as one of Australia’s favourite TV presenters. Add to that being a proud father of three children, Karl says life is busy but enjoyable. “Working on early morning television means that I am one of the first people to inform the public about events that have happened overnight. It is a huge responsibility to make sure that we are the first team to present the information accurately and to make sure we are on top of any news story as it develops”.

“We work very hard to bring our viewers not just the latest news but to ensure that there is a variety of entertainment, information and analysis”.