Famous Australian Journalists

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Find out more about the greatest Australian Journalists, including Malcolm Turnbull, Julian Assange, Banjo Paterson, John Pilger and Antonia Kidman.
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Brianna Keilar
(Journalist and Host of "New Day" and "Right Now" On CNN)
Brianna Keilar
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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.

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Julian Assange
(Computer programmer)
Julian Assange
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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.

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Clive James
(Writer, Journalist, Literary critic)
Clive James
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Birthdate: October 7, 1939
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Kogarah, Australia
Died: November 24, 2019

Clive James was an Australian critic, journalist, and writer who worked mainly in the United Kingdom. He had a difficult life as a young man and faced many challenges on his way to building a successful career. He began his career as a TV critic and proceeded to establish himself as a writer and poet as well. 

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Banjo Paterson
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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.

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

The younger sister of Australian actor Nicole Kidman, Antonia Kidman was initially a journalist and later gained fame with the series The Little Things. She has also penned books on parenting, such as Feeding Fussy Kids. She is a mother of six and joined law school after the birth of her sixth child.

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Carrie Bickmore
(Journalist)
Carrie Bickmore
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Birthdate: December 3, 1980
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Adelaide

Gold Logie-winning Australian talk show host and radio presenter Carrie Bickmore is best known as the host of The Project. She has also been a UNICEF ambassador and has worked for causes such as brain-cancer and maternal tetanus awareness. She created a stir after accidentally flashing her bottom at the 2021 AACTA Awards.

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John Pilger
(War correspondent, Writer, Director, Journalist)
John Pilger
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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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Lisa Wilkinson
(Presenter, Journalist)
Lisa Wilkinson
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Birthdate: December 19, 1959
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Sydney

At 21, Lisa Wilkinson was the youngest editor of the Australian teen magazine Dolly. She grew up to be a renowned journalist and presenter and is now known for her shows such as The Project. She has also appeared in movies such as Broadcast Battleground and Sharknado 5: Global Swarming.

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Brady Haran
(Video Journalist, Documentary Filmmaker, Podcaster)
Brady Haran
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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.

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

Apart from being the father of media mogul Rupert Murdoch, Keith Murdoch was a talented journalist in his own right, who gained fame as a political correspondent for the Sydney Sun. He is also known for carrying the controversial Gallipoli letter to London. He later led The Herald and Weekly Times.

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Osher Günsberg
(He is known for his hosting roles on Channel [V], Australian Idol, Live to Dance)
Osher Günsberg
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Birthdate: March 29, 1974
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: London, England

Born in London, Osher Günsberg moved with his family to Australia as a toddler. He initially soared to fame as Spidey on the Brisbane radio station B105. Starting his TV career as a VJ, he later co-hosted Australian Idol. He once admitted to having suffered from mental illness.

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Karl Stefanovic
(Australian TV Presenter & Journalist Best Known for His TV Shows: 'Today' and '60 Minutes')
Karl Stefanovic
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Birthdate: August 12, 1974
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Rockhampton, Queensland, Australia

Nine Network presenter and journalist Karl Stefanovic is best known for hosting shows such as Today and 60 Minutes. In his reporting career, spanning over 2 decades, the Gold Logie-winning journalist has covered many major events, such as the Christchurch earthquake and the Japanese tsunami.

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Samantha Armytage
(Australian Journalist, News Presenter)
Samantha Armytage
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Birthdate: September 4, 1976
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: New South Wales, Australia

Samantha Armytage is an Australian TV presenter and journalist best known for co-hosting a popular breakfast show called Sunrise from 2013 to 2021. Samantha Armytage has also hosted other shows, such as Bringing Sexy Back and Seven 4.30 News. In 2021, she launched her own podcast titled Something to Talk About with Samantha Armytage.

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Peter FitzSimons
(Rugby union player, Biographer)
Peter FitzSimons
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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.

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Andrew Bolt
(Journalist, Columnist)
Andrew Bolt
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Birthdate: September 26, 1959
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Adelaide
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Lee Lin Chin
(Television presenter, radio presenter and journalist, best known for her association with the Special Broadcasting Service (SBS) network)
Lee Lin Chin
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Birthplace: Jakarta, Indonesia

Apart from being a SBS newsreader for 3 decades, Lee Lin Chin has also presented comedy segments and a comedy cooking show. Born to Chinese parents in Indonesia, she began her journalism career in Singapore and moved to Australia later. She has also done voice-over and appeared in films such as Resistance.

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Virginia Trioli
(journalist)
Virginia Trioli
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Birthdate: August 6, 1964
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Bendigo
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Tracy Grimshaw
(Journalist)
Tracy Grimshaw
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Birthdate: June 3, 1960
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Melbourne

Tracy Grimshaw has been associated with the Channel 9 show Today as its host for over a decade. The Australian TV presenter is also known for shows such as The Flying Doctors and Raw Silk. She has been nominated for the Gold Logie and has also appeared in the movie Shark Tale.

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Mary Gilmore
(Journalist, Poet, Writer)
Mary Gilmore
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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. 

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Barrie Cassidy
(Journalist)
Barrie Cassidy
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Birthdate: March 4, 1950
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Wangaratta
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Marion Grasby
(Television presenter, Cookbook author and Food journalist)
Marion Grasby
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Birthdate: September 29, 1982
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Darwin, Australia
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Jana Wendt
(Gold Logie award-winning television journalist)
Jana Wendt
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Birthdate: May 9, 1956
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Melbourne, Australia
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Geraldine Brooks
(Journalist)
Geraldine Brooks
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Birthdate: September 14, 1955
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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Stella Young
(Australian Disability Activist, Comedian, and Journalist)
Stella Young
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Birthdate: February 24, 1982
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Stawell, Australia
Died: December 6, 2014

Australian disability activist, comedian, and broadcast journalist Stella Young had worked extensively for the ABC. Born with a genetic disorder called osteogenesis imperfecta, or the brittle bone disease, she spent almost her entire life on a wheelchair. She died of an aneurysm at age 32.

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Helen Garner
(Journalist, Novelist, Screenwriter)
Helen Garner
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Birthdate: November 7, 1942
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Geelong
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Melissa Doyle
(Journalist, Presenter)
Melissa Doyle
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Birthdate: February 10, 1970
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Sydney

Known for her association with Seven News, award-winning Australian journalist and presenter has also gained fame as a weekend breakfast host on Smooth FM. She is also a bestselling author, whose memoir, Alphabet Soup, was a huge hit in Australia. The Silver Logie-nominated journalist is also associated with several charities.

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Tony Jones
(Journalist)
Tony Jones
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Birthdate: November 13, 1956
Sun Sign: Scorpio
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Jan Fran
(Journalist, Television presenter)
Jan Fran
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Birthdate: 1985 AD
Birthplace: Lebanon
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George Christensen
(He is a member of the Liberal National Party of Queensland)
George Christensen
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Birthdate: June 30, 1978
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Mackay, Queensland, Australia
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Peter Greste
(journalist)
Peter Greste
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Birthdate: 1965 AD
Birthplace: Sydney
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Chris Mainwaring
(Australian Rules Footballer)
Chris Mainwaring
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Birthdate: December 27, 1965
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Geraldton, Western Australia
Died: October 1, 2007
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William Wentworth
(Australian Explorer, Pastoralist, Newspaper Editor, Politician, Lawyer, and Author)
William Wentworth
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Birthdate: August 13, 1790
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Norfolk Island, Australia
Died: March 20, 1872

William Wentworth was an Australian explorer, pastoralist, newspaper editor, politician, lawyer, and author. He was one of the most powerful and wealthiest figures of New South Wales. William Wentworth is credited with founding the Australian Patriotic Association, which is regarded as the first political party in Australia. 

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Leigh Diffey
(Commentator)
Leigh Diffey
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Birthdate: March 3, 1971
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
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Catherine Helen Spence
(Author, Journalist & Politician)
Catherine Helen Spence
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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". 

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B. A. Santamaria
(Journalist, Activist)
B. A. Santamaria
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Birthdate: August 14, 1915
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Melbourne, Australia
Died: February 25, 1998
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Pat Oliphant
(Artist who is particularly known for his caricatures of American presidents and other powerful leaders)
Pat Oliphant
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Birthdate: July 24, 1935
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Adelaide, Australia
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Eddie Ayres
(Musicians, Radio presenter)
Eddie Ayres
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Birthdate: 1967 AD
Birthplace: Dover, England
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Phillip Knightley
(Journalist, Historian)
Phillip Knightley
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Birthdate: January 23, 1929
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Sydney
Died: December 7, 2016

Phillip Knightley was an Australian literary critic, author, and journalist. A well-known journalist with interests in war reporting and espionage, Knightley received prestigious awards, such as the Overseas Press Club of America Award. In 1980 and 1988 he was named Journalist of the Year at the British Press Awards, becoming one of two journalists to have earned the award twice.

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Kate Webb
(Journalist)
Kate Webb
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Birthdate: March 24, 1943
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Christchurch, New Zealand
Died: May 13, 2007
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Charles Gavan Duffy
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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.

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Robert Thomson
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Birthdate: March 11, 1961
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Torrumbarry, Australia
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Chloe Hooper
(Author)
Chloe Hooper
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Birthdate: 1973 AD
Birthplace: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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Kirsten Drysdale
(Television presenter)
Kirsten Drysdale
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Birthdate: 1984 AD
Birthplace: Mackay, Queensland, Australia

Kirsten Drysdale is an Australian journalist, writer, television presenter, and former hockey player. Drysdale represented the Queensland Scorchers in the Australian Hockey League before an injury forced her to begin a career at the ABC. Over the years, Kirsten Drysdale has been a researcher for shows like Hungry Beast, The Hamster Wheel, and The Gruen Transfer.

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Alice Henry
(Australian Journalist)
Alice Henry
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Birthdate: March 21, 1857
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Melbourne, Australia
Died: February 14, 1943

Alice Henry was an Australian journalist, trade unionist, and suffragist. Henry was part of the Women's Trade Union League (WTUL) where she was an important member. A fierce feminist, Alice Henry worked towards establishing equal rights for women.

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Melinda Farrell
(Journalist)
Melinda Farrell
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Birthdate: January 24, 1985
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: New South Wales, Australia