Famous Australian Journalists

Find out more about the greatest Australian Journalists, including Malcolm Turnbull, Julian Assange, Banjo Paterson, John Pilger and Antonia Kidman.

This ranking is based on an algorithm that combines various factors, including the votes of our users and search trends on the internet.

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 1 Malcolm Turnbull

Malcolm Turnbull.
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Famous As: Journalist, Politician, Entrepreneur, Lawyer, Investment Banker
Birthdate: October 24, 1954
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Sydney, Australia

Malcolm Turnbull is a retired Australian politician. From 2015 to 2018, Turnbull served as the 29th prime minister of Australia. He also served as the leader of the Liberal Party on two occasions. For his service to the Parliament of Australia, Turnbull was awarded Companion of the Order of Australia during the 2021 Australia Day Honours

 2 Julian Assange

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Famous As: Computer programmer
Birthdate: July 3, 1971
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Townsville, Australia

Julian Assange made headlines all over the world in 2010 when WikiLeaks, a non-profit organization founded by him, gained international attention after publishing leaks, such as the Afghanistan war logs and Iraq war logs. After dodging arrest for several years, he was finally arrested in 2019 and is currently imprisoned in HM Prison Belmarsh.

 3 Karl Stefanovic

Karl Stefanovic.
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Famous As: Television presenter
Birthdate: August 12, 1974
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Rockhampton, Queensland, Australia

 4 Brianna Keilar

Brianna Keilar.
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: September 21, 1980
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Canberra, Australia

Brianna Keilar is a journalist who previously worked as a general assignment correspondent, Congressional correspondent, and White House correspondent for CNN. She is currently working as CNN's senior political correspondent. In 2019, Keilar, a military spouse, started writing a column titled Home Front, which continues to play an important role in bridging the civilian-military divide.

 5 Banjo Paterson

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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: February 17, 1864
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Orange
Died: February 5, 1941

Remembered for the legendary poems Waltzing Matilda and The Man from Snowy River, Andrew Barton “Banjo” Paterson was an Australian bush poet who depicted rural life through his works. Initially a law clerk and a journalist, he later adopted the pseudonym Banjo, which was his favorite horse’s name.

 6 Antonia Kidman

Antonia Kidman
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Famous As: Actor, Television presenter, Journalist
Birthdate: July 14, 1970
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Melbourne

 7 John Pilger

John Pilger
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Famous As: War correspondent, Writer, Director, Journalist
Birthdate: October 9, 1939
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Sydney

Multiple BAFTA award-winning Australian journalist and documentary filmmaker John Pilger had begun his career working for media houses such as Daily Telegraph and Daily Mirror. He is vocal about social issues, such as the treatment of the indigenous community in Australia and the US and UK foreign policies.

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 8 Brady Haran

Brady Haran.
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Famous As: Video Journalist, Documentary Filmmaker, Podcaster
Birthdate: June 18, 1976
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Adelaide, Australia

UK-based video journalist Brady Haran is known for his popular YouTube math channel Numberphile. Fans also love his other channels, such as the chemistry-oriented Periodic Videos and the physics-oriented Sixty Symbols, and his podcasts Hello Internet and The Unmade Podcast. He also has inactive channels on language, food, and culture.

 9 Lisa Wilkinson

Lisa Wilkinson
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Famous As: Presenter, Journalist
Birthdate: December 19, 1959
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Sydney

 10 Carrie Bickmore

Carrie Bickmore
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: December 3, 1980
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Adelaide

 11 Keith Murdoch

Keith Murdoch
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Famous As: War correspondent
Birthdate: August 12, 1885
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Melbourne
Died: October 5, 1952

 12 Samantha Armytage

Samantha Armytage
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Famous As: Journalist, News presenter
Birthdate: September 4, 1977
Sun Sign: Virgo

 13 Richie Benaud

Richie Benaud
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Famous As: Cricketer, Journalist
Birthdate: October 6, 1930
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: City of Penrith
Died: April 10, 2015

 14 Peter FitzSimons

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Famous As: Rugby union player, Biographer
Birthdate: June 29, 1961
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Wahroonga

Bestselling Australian author Peter FitzSimons has had an illustrious career as a journalist with The Sydney Morning Herald and The Sun-Herald for over three decades. Apart from penning biographies, he has written books such as Burke and Wills. He has also played national-level rugby for the Wallabies.

 15 Andrew Bolt

Andrew Bolt
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Famous As: Journalist, Columnist
Birthdate: September 26, 1959
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Adelaide

 16 Tracy Grimshaw

Tracy Grimshaw
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: June 3, 1960
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Melbourne

 17 Virginia Trioli

Virginia Trioli
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Famous As: journalist
Birthdate: August 6, 1964
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Bendigo

 18 Barrie Cassidy

Barrie Cassidy
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: March 4, 1950
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Wangaratta

 19 Mary Gilmore

Mary Gilmore
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Famous As: Journalist, Poet, Writer
Birthdate: August 16, 1865
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Goulburn
Died: December 3, 1962

Mary Gilmore was an Australian writer and journalist. She wrote both prose and poetry and is recognized for her tremendous contribution to Australian literature. As a young woman, she became a school teacher and held utopian socialist views. She eventually started writing and gained fame as an author and poet later in life. 

 20 Helen Garner

Helen Garner
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Famous As: Journalist, Novelist, Screenwriter
Birthdate: November 7, 1942
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Geelong

 21 Melissa Doyle

Melissa Doyle
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Famous As: Journalist, Presenter
Birthdate: February 10, 1970
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Sydney

 22 Tony Jones

Tony Jones
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: November 13, 1956
Sun Sign: Scorpio

 23 Chris Mainwaring

Chris Mainwaring
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Famous As: Australian Rules Footballer
Birthdate: December 27, 1965
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Geraldton, Western Australia
Died: October 1, 2007

 24 Peter Greste

Peter Greste
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Famous As: journalist
Birthdate: 1965 AD
Birthplace: Sydney

 25 William Wentworth

William Wentworth
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: August 13, 1790
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Norfolk Island, Australia
Died: March 20, 1872

 26 Catherine Helen Spence

Catherine Helen Spence .
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Famous As: Author, Journalist & Politician
Birthdate: October 31, 1825
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Melrose, Scotland
Died: April 3, 1910

Catherine Helen Spence was a 19th-century Scottish-born Australian author, teacher, journalist, and politician. One of the leading suffragists of her era, she was also a minister of religion and social worker. She supported electoral proportional representation. Australian writer and feminist Miles Franklin called her the "Greatest Australian Woman". 

 27 Pat Oliphant

Pat Oliphant
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: July 24, 1935
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Adelaide

 28 Marcus Clarke

Marcus Clarke
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: April 24, 1846
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Kensington, London, England
Died: August 2, 1881

Marcus Clarke was a 19th-century English-born Australian novelist, journalist, poet, editor,  and playwright. His novel For the Term of His Natural Life is considered a classic of Australian literature and has been adapted into many plays and films. He became a major literary figure at a young age but was plagued by numerous issues, leading to his early death.  

 29 Kenneth Slessor

Kenneth Slessor
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: March 27, 1901
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Orange, Australia
Died: June 30, 1971

Kenneth Slessor was an Australian poet and journalist who worked as an official war correspondent in World War II. He was known for imbibing modernist influences into Australian poetry. One of the leading Australian poets of his era, he was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for his services to literature. 

 30 Robert Thomson

Robert Thomson
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Famous As: CEO
Birthdate: March 11, 1961
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Torrumbarry, Australia

 31 Kate Webb

Kate Webb
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: March 24, 1943
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Christchurch, New Zealand
Died: May 13, 2007

 32 Kirsten Drysdale

Kirsten Drysdale
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Famous As: Television presenter
Birthdate: 1984 AD
Birthplace: Mackay, Queensland, Australia

 33 James McAuley

James McAuley
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: October 12, 1917
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Lakemba, Australia
Died: October 15, 1976

Poet James McAuley was known for his technical prowess in his works. Apart from teaching English at the University of Tasmania, he had also served in the army and edited a literary journal. He had also once got a bunch of nonsense poems published as modernist poetry as a joke.

 34 Charles Gavan Duffy

Charles Gavan Duffy
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: April 12, 1816
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Monaghan Town, County Monaghan, Ireland
Died: February 9, 1903

Charles Gavan Duffy was an Irish poet and journalist active during the late 19th-century. He studied at the Royal Belfast Academical Institution and began his journalistic career soon after under the guidance of political activist and journalist Charles Hamilton Teeling. Later in life, he moved to Australia and became the 8th Premier of Victoria.

 35 Alice Henry

Alice Henry
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: March 21, 1857
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Melbourne, Australia
Died: February 14, 1943

 36 Bernard O'Dowd

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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: April 11, 1866
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Beaufort, Australia
Died: September 1, 1953

Born to Irish immigrants in Australia, Bernard O'Dowd became a head teacher at 17. He lost his teaching job for his radical views and was branded a heretic, but unperturbed, he opened his own school. A talented poet, he had also worked as a lawyer, a journalist, and a librarian.

 37 Melinda Farrell

Melinda Farrell.
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: January 24, 1985
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: New South Wales, Australia

 38 Eddie Ayres

Eddie Ayres
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Famous As: Musicians, Radio presenter
Birthdate: 1967 AD
Birthplace: Dover, England