Speakers Profile - Virginia Trioli










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Virginia Trioli is the voice behind 'Drive', a program that is strong in news, conversations, and the issues of the day - with a healthy dose of traditional Australian larrikinism thrown in.

A two-time Walkley Award winner, Virginia joined 774 in 2001 from the Bulletin, Australia's oldest weekly news magazine. For nine years before that she was a news reporter, features writer, assistant news editor and columnist with The Age newspaper in Melbourne, establishing a reputation as a strong independent voice on politics, social issues and the arts.

An honours graduate in Fine Arts of the University of Melbourne and La Trobe University, she did post-graduate studies at New York University from 1993 to 1994, while reporting from New York for The Age and occasionally ABC Radio.

Virginia Trioli is the author of 'Generation F: Sex, Power and the Young Feminist'published in 1996, a riposte to Helen Garner's 'First Stone'. In 1995 she won Australian journalism's highest honour, the Walkley Award, for her

business reporting, and in 1999 won the Melbourne Press Club's Best Columnist award, The Quill. In 2001 she again won a Walkley Award for her interview with former Defence minister Peter Reith over the notorious Children Overboard issue.

She is a frequent lecturer and public speaker, writes a fortnightly column on issues in Melbourne for the 'Age' and spends her off-air time lurking in her garden, the family kitchen, at the Victoria Market and along Victoria's west coast.