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For more than three decades, Lisa Wilkinson has blazed an unprecedented trail through the Australian media landscape, initially in publishing, then on radio and now in television and online. In every forum she has achieved extraordinary success and earned widespread respect.
As co-host of the Nine Network’s Today Show for more than nine years, and in August 2015 adding the role of Editor-At-Large of The Huffington Post Australia – after being personally approached by co-founder Arianna Huffington – Lisa Wilkinson is truly in a field of her own.
In the 2016 Australia Day Honours, she was made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for her significant service to the print and broadcast media as a journalist and presenter and to a range of youth and women’s health groups.
Lisa Wilkinson’s media career got off to an astonishing start when she became the youngest ever editor of a national magazine – young women’s title Dolly – at the tender age of just 21. Four years later, after almost tripling the circulation, Lisa was head-hunted by the late Kerry Packer, who offered her the editorship of the iconic Cleo magazine. Over the next decade, Lisa guided the magazine to new circulation highs, making it the No.1 selling women’s lifestyle magazine per capita in the world.
With her skills now in demand internationally, Lisa set up her own magazine consultancy, whilst juggling three small children and her new role as radio host, working alongside some of the industry’s best, including Doug Mulray and Mike Carlton.
It was then Lisa made the switch to television, initially with Foxtel on the panel discussion program Beauty & The Beast, then to Channel Seven hosting the Morning Shift and Weekend Sunrise, before joining Channel Nine and Karl Stefanovic at the helm of Nine’s Today Show. Lisa also regularly anchors a number of Nine’s flagship programs, including the Federal Election coverage and Carols By Candlelight.
Apart from her diverse media skills, Lisa is also known as a mentor to young women. Under her special brand of guidance and training, there are now 21 women and men around the world who have gone on to become successful magazine editors themselves. Nicole Kidman, Miranda Kerr and Megan Gale can also thank Lisa for her talent-spotting skills and guidance, as she helped them on their way early in their careers.
In 2013 Lisa was invited to deliver the annual Andrew Olle lecture and her presentation drew enormous acclaim from both the public and her media colleagues. She became only the second female journalist after Jana Wendt in 17 years to be given the honour.
Lisa is a proud member of The Walkley Advisory Board which is responsible for judging the overall winners of the Walkley Awards for Excellence in Journalism each year.
Lisa is an ambassador for a number of charities, including Barnardo’s, Breast Cancer Institute of Australia, National Breast Cancer Foundation, the Melanoma Institute, the Ingham Medical Research Institute, the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, the Sydney Children’s Hospital Randwick, Adopt Change, Jamie Oliver’s Ministry of Food, The Big Issue and the Butterfly Foundation.
Lisa is married to journalist, best-selling author and former Wallaby rugby international, Peter FitzSimons AM. They have three children.