Yumi Stynes

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Yumi Stynes
Born Yumi Tasma Stynes
(1975-06-02) 2 June 1975 (age 39)
Swan Hill, Victoria, Australia
Residence Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Nationality Australian
Ethnicity European Australian/Japanese
Occupation Television personality
Years active 2000–present
Home town Swan Hill
Television The Circle, The Know, Channel V, ARIA Awards
Spouse(s) Martin Bendeler (m. 2012)
Partner(s) Ben Ely (2000–2008)
Children 3

Yumi Tasma Stynes (born 2 June 1975) is an Australian television and radio presenter. She presented the morning show The Circle, was a presenter for Channel V Australia and Max, and was a presenter on Sydney's Mix 106.5 FM breakfast program during 2013[1]

Early life[edit]

Stynes was born in Swan Hill, Victoria, where she grew up with her parents, David and Yoshiko, two sisters and a brother. Her father was fifth generation Australian and her mother is Japanese.[2] She spent her teenage years in Melbourne before moving to Sydney to work for Channel V Australia.[3]


From August 2011 to August 2012, Stynes co-hosted 3PM Pick-Up with Chrissie Swan, broadcast nationally on Mix 101.1, Mix 106.5, Mix 102.3, Mix 106.3 & 97.3 FM. From January 2013 to December 2013, Stynes was a presenter on Sydney's Mix 106.5 FM breakfast program, the first all-female team on FM commercial radio in Sydney.[1]

Television career[edit]

Stynes' television career began in 2000 as a presenter for Channel V Australia, originally winning her job as part of the Channel V Reporter Search, along with James Mathison (who went on to host Australian Idol). In 2007, she moved across to Max (channel) where she presented "The Know" with Jimmy Barnes, Lisa Hensley and Chit Chat Von Loopin Stab. From 2010 until 2012, Stynes hosted Network Ten's morning show, The Circle, alongside Denise Drysdale, Chrissie Swan and Gorgi Coghlan.[4]

Stynes has presented for several Australian channels, including Foxtel's Select, the ABC for Sleek Geeks, and SBS for the Inside Film Awards. She has appeared as a panelist on Spicks and Specks (TV series), Can of Worms (TV program) and The Project (TV program) and been featured in The Agony of Life (TV series).

Stynes presented on Reel Spiel and 50 Minutes both on Channel V and has hosted the ASTRA Award-winning 'Max Sessions: Powderfinger'. Yumi has also appeared as a presenter at the ARIA Music Awards, APRA Awards, ASTRA Awards, Filmink Awards and Inside Film Awards.

In 2013, she co-hosted the presentation of the Tropfest short film festival on SBS.[5]


As a writer, Stynes has made regular contributions to The Age, Sydney Morning Herald, The Herald Sun, The Daily Telegraph Filmink, Grazia and was a regular blogger and film critic for Bigpond.


On the 28 February 2012 episode of The Circle, Stynes, along with George Negus, discussed a photo of Corporal Ben Roberts-Smith, a Victoria Cross and Medal for Gallantry recipient, coming out of a swimming pool. After tabloid criticism,[6] they personally contacted Roberts-Smith who accepted their apology and agreed there was no malicious intent.[7] On 13 September 2014, Fairfax newspapers issued an apology to Ms Stynes and Mr Negus, stating "Our interpretation was wrong and we accept that both Mr Negus and Ms Stynes were not referring to Cpl Roberts-Smith personally."[8] News Limited publications, The Daily Telegraph, Herald Sun and news.com.au, also retracted their allegations.[9]

Music career[edit]

Stynes is also the bassist and vocalist for Sydney band The Punisherz. In her own words "To be in The Punisherz you have to be Asian and unable to play an instrument. I play bass. We're terrible."[10]

Personal life[edit]

Stynes was the partner of musician Ben Ely from the band Regurgitator; they separated after eight years, in 2008. They have two daughters, Anouk and Dee Dee.[11] In October 2012, she married Martin Bendeler.[7]

In November 2013, Stynes announced that she was pregnant. In May 2014 she gave birth to her third child, a daughter named Mercy.[12]


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