Speakers Profile - Jennifer Keyte

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Ask Jennifer Keyte, best known as a former presenter of Melbourne's Seven Nightly News, what stories have affected her most during her career and you get a surprising response.

While big stories such as Ash Wednesday, Chernobyl and the liberation of Eastern Europe have all left their mark, the far more prevalent stories about road deaths are the ones that really stick in Jennifer's memory. Perhaps Jennifer's response comes from the fact that her family is such an important part of her life. Jennifer is one of six children and spends time with her two sisters and three brothers as often as she can.

As a teenager, Jennifer was already intensely interested in news and journalism, but she credits her father, a pharmacist, and her mother, a fitness instructor, with giving her the determination to pursue journalism as a career.

Jennifer began her journalistic career at radio station EON-FM (now Triple M) and went on to 3XY. She then spent six years with Channel 10 as a reporter and news presenter, in the days when Jana Wendt also presented news for the channel. Jennifer joined Seven Melbourne as a news presenter in February 1988 and also presented the news on Tonight Live with Steve Vizard for three years.

In April 1990 Jennifer became the first solo woman news reader on a commercial network in Australia. While Jennifer does not see herself as a trail-blazer for women, she is very aware of the significance of her time presenting the news.

In April 1994 Jennifer was invited onto the Board of the Royal Children's Hospital Foundation. The Royal Children's Hospital is very close to Jennifer's heart, and she has worked tirelessly for the Hospital through the annual Good Friday Appeal. In August 1994 Jennifer was also invited to join the board of the Melbourne Theatre Company.

Jennifer likes to relax by spending time with her family, dining out with friends, walking, reading and going to the theatre and the movies. She is an articulate and polished speaker and presenter. Her topics include: The Media—Behind the Scenes; Effective Communication. She is also ideal as a compere.