Amanda Keller in May 2012
|Born||Amanda Rose Keller
25 February 1962
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
|Education||Carlingford High School
Mitchell College of Advanced Education
|Occupation||Journalist, radio and television presenter and media personality|
|Children||2 (Liam and Jack)|
Amanda Rose Keller OAM (born 25 February 1962) is an Australian journalist, radio and television presenter, and media personality best known currently as the host of the popular Australian lifestyle program The Living Room.
Keller attended Carlingford High School and Mitchell College of Advanced Education (now Charles Sturt University), where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Communications in 1982. At university, she was a contemporary of Andrew Denton among others, and was a student of Peter Temple. She was a broadcaster with on-campus community radio station 2MCE-FM.
Her first professional media job was in 1983 as a researcher for the popular children's television show, Simon Townsend's Wonder World! She was later a researcher and producer for Good Morning Australia when Gordon Elliott and Kerri-Anne Kennerley were hosts. By 1985, she was a researcher and producer for Ray Martin's Midday show, where she first began to appear regularly on camera.
In 1987, she left Midday to appear in the pilot for Richard Neville's counter-culture programme Extra Dimensions, which was produced by the same team that made Beyond 2000. Extra Dimensions folded after the first season. Keller's luck changed when she was signed to Beyond 2000, the internationally popular science programme, where she won numerous media awards including the United Nations Association of Australia's Media Peace Award in 1989, and the Michael Daley Award for Science Journalism.
In 1994, she joined her college friend Andrew Denton as a regular guest on his show Denton, where she combined her scientific knowledge with her love of popular culture and kitsch—subsequently publishing a book, Amanda's Handy Home Hints. When the series finished in 1995, she joined Denton at Sydney radio station Triple M where they co-presented the breakfast show. At the same time, she hosted her own contemporary culture show on cable television called The Hub.
She hosted her own pop culture-centric program Mondo Thingo in 2004. In 2006, Keller appeared in Series Five of Dancing with the Stars where she progressed to the fifth round before being eliminated.
In 2008 she starred in the SBS TV series Swift and Shift Couriers as Amanda Doyle, the Regional Manager, and returned to this role for season two in 2011. Also, in 2011, she had a small role in another sitcom, Housos, also on SBS TV.
Keller presents morning radio on WSFM 101.7, with Brendan "Jonesy" Jones. She has also made numerous appearances on various popular culture shows such as Good News Week, Rove Live, The Glass House, 20 to 1, and Spicks and Specks. For the duration of the show Keller was the Baby Boomers team leader on Network Ten's quiz show Talkin' 'Bout Your Generation. The show began airing in 2009 and finished its fourth and last season in 2012.
Keller is the patron of The Sydney Kids Committee, a volunteer organisation which raises funds for the Sydney Children's Hospital.
She holds the world record for the longest underwater radio broadcast which took place on 28 October 2010 when she and fellow WSFM breakfast show host Brendan Jones spent over three hours underwater at Sydney Aquarium.
Keller has two sons, Liam and Jack, with her husband Harley. Liam has appeared on Talkin' 'Bout Your Generation with her in 2010.
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