Speakers Profile - Virginia Trioli

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Two-time Walkley Award winner, Virginia Trioli is one of Australia's best-known journalists, with a formidable reputation as a television anchor, radio presenter, writer and commentator. She is much sought-after as a speaker and MC and combines a rigorous interviewing style with a wicked sense of humour.

Virginia, is an honors graduate in Fine Arts from the University of Melbourne and La Trobe University, and in 1996 published "Generation F", her celebrated response to Helen Garner's "First Stone".

In 1995 she won Australian journalism's highest honour, the Walkley Award for her business reporting and in 2001 Virginia won a second Walkley for her landmark interview with the former Defence Minister, Peter Reith, over the notorious Children Overboard issue. In 1999 she won the Melbourne Press Club's Best Columnist award, The Quill. In 2006 she won Broadcaster of the Year at the ABC Local Radio Awards.

Virginia has held senior positions at the Age newspaper and the Bulletin magazine. For four years she hosted the Drive Program on 774 ABC Melbourne, and the Morning Program on 702 ABC Sydney for three years.

She has been the host of ABC TV's premiere news and current affairs programs, 7.30 and Lateline; also Artscape and Sunday Arts.

She was the founding anchor of ABC News Breakfast on ABC TV, which she co- hosted for 11 years and was the alternative host of ABC TV's Q+A since its inception in 2008.

Virginia presented Mornings on ABC Radio Melbourne for the four years of the Black Summer bushfires, the Covid19 pandemic, the 2022 flood emergency and the cost of living crisis. It was a little tiring.

Virginia will launch a new Prime Time ABC TV series in 2024 called "Creative Types with Virginia Trioli" and continues her Weekend Reads column on ABC News online as well as her podcast, You Don't Know Me.

Virginia is married with three step-children, 11 year-old Addison, a black Labrador called Cora, and a Keeshond puppy called Marco, who is trying very hard to be good.