Chris Uhlmann

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Chris Uhlmann
Born Christopher Gerald Uhlmann
(1960-06-24) 24 June 1960 (age 54)
Nationality Australian
Occupation Television presenter
Employer Australian Broadcasting Corporation
Television 7.30
Spouse(s) Gai Brodtmann

Christopher Gerald "Chris" Uhlmann (born 24 June 1960) is an Australian television presenter and journalist.

Broadcasting career[edit]

Uhlmann was formerly a seminarian, a security guard, and a journalist with The Canberra Times before joining the Australian Broadcasting Corporation as a radio producer in 1998.[1]

From 1999 to 2004, Uhlmann co-hosted Local Radio Breakfast on 666 ABC Canberra with David Kilby. In 2005, he was Jon Faine's producer for the Mornings show on 774 ABC Melbourne, and in 2006 was made chief political correspondent for ABC Radio current affairs.[2]

In 2008, Uhlmann switched to television, and was political editor for The 7.30 Report, ABC News, and ABC News 24. In December 2010, he was appointed as co-host of the ABC Television current affairs program, 7.30.[1] In 2012, the show was revamped again, with Uhlmann returning to the political editor role, and Leigh Sales hosting the program.[3]

In 2013, Uhlmann stepped down as 7.30's political editor. He announced that he would be working on a documentary about the Rudd and Gillard Governments for the ABC.[4]

On 10 February 2014, Uhlmann became the 14th presenter of AM, the ABC Radio news and current affairs program.[5] He took over after Tony Eastley resigned to take up a senior presenter with ABC News 24

In January 2015, Uhlmann was appointed in a newly created position as ABC News political editor. [6] As a result of the new position Chris left his role as presenter of AM, and was replaced by Michael Brissenden.


Uhlmann unsuccessfully contested the ACT 1998 general election for the electorate of Molonglo with the Osborne Independent Group.[7] The conservative group was named after Paul Osborne, who was strongly pro-life and advocated blocking both euthanasia legislation and any attempt to decriminalise abortion.[8] Osborne and Uhlmann fell out when Osborne moved to severely restrict abortion in the ACT.[9] Six years earlier, Uhlmann had written in support of establishing an abortion clinic in the territory. [10]

Personal life[edit]

Uhlmann is married to Labor member of the Australian House of Representatives Gai Brodtmann.[11]


External links[edit]

Media offices
Preceded by
Kerry O'Brien as The 7.30 Report
Presenter with Leigh Sales

Succeeded by
Leigh Sales (Solo)
Preceded by
ABC News 24
Chief Political Editor and Host of Capital Hill

Succeeded by
Lyndal Curtis
Preceded by
Michael Brissenden
The 7.30 Report
Political Editor

Succeeded by
Heather Ewart