Speakers Profile - Jacinta Tynan

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Jacinta Tynan is one of Australia's most experienced news presenters and journalists with more than twenty-five years spent reporting and presenting both in Australia and overseas, most recently as an anchor with Sky News Australia. As well as the unique skill of presenting live, rolling news and conducting interviews ‘on the go’ at Australia’s only 24 hour news channel, Jacinta also created, produced and and hosted ‘Change Makers’, interviewing people and organisations making a positive difference in the world.

Prior to joining Sky News, Jacinta had an extensive career as a television journalist which included being the inaugural News Presenter for ABC TV's international satellite news service, ABC Asia Pacific and reporting for the 7:30 Report and national news. She also presented ABC TV Late News and was a back-up presenter for the 7pm Sydney Bulletin, Weekend News and World at Noon.

She worked overseas as the London-based producer for NBC America's entertainment programs, an international news producer for APTN London and filed stories for The Seven Network.

Back home, Jacinta has become known as a commentator for her generation with her popular and candid columns about contemporary life, love and motherhood. She’s a columnist with the esteemed Sunday Life magazine and contributes to other publications including SMH, Whimn and MiNDFood Magazine.

She’s made regular guest appearances on programs including The Today Show and Sunrise. She was also brave enough to appear on The Chaser!

Jacinta has published four books including Mother Zen (Harlequin)- described as part memoir, part manifesto of modern motherhood. Chronicling her own experience as a new mum, the book was inspired by a controversial column she wrote about how much she enjoys motherhood, which sparked a national debate. Her second book, Some Girls Do: My Life as a Teenager (Allen and Unwin) is an anthology of prominent female Australian authors writing the true story of their adolescence, which Jacinta collated and edited. Royalties were donated to SISTER2Sister - a mentor program for disadvantaged teenage girls - for whom Jacinta is Patron. A second edition of Some Girls Do was published in 2019.

Jacinta is an engaging and popular MC and public speaker who is highly respected for her professionalism as well as her ability to add fun and humour to events.

The many events she has hosted over her career include compering the Talent Unleashed Awards with Richard Branson, MC for ANZ Bank’s 180th Birthday Dinner at The NSW Art Gallery, MC for the opening night of the prestigious Luxperience Luxury Travel Expo at Sydney’s Town Hall and host and compere of the Happiness and Its Causes conference convening discussion with prestigious speakers and experts from around the world. She was Guest Speaker at the 2015 Gidget Foundation’s annual Ladies Lunch with more than 500 women in the audience.

In 2006, Jacinta was personally invited by the former Federal Communications Minister, Senator The Honourable Helen Coonan MP to MC a gala dinner to celebrate the history of women in Cabinet, in The Great Hall at Parliament House, Canberra, with then Prime Minister John Howard as Guest Speaker. She also MC'd the annual Power of Women dinner, hosted by Senator Helen Coonan to coincide with the 2007 Federal Budget.

She hosted the podcast, The Mother Shift for Babyology and Kinderling Radio, and is a regular guest on the Parent Panel podcast.

Jacinta Tynan has a Bachelor of Communications from Australia's Charles Sturt University majoring in Broadcast Journalism. She also studied at Vancouver Film School in Canada.

She is currently working on her fifth book, a celebration of single parenthood.