Chris Uhlmann

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Chris Uhlmann
Born Christopher Gerald Uhlmann
(1960-06-24) 24 June 1960 (age 56)
Nationality Australian
Occupation Television presenter
Employer Australian Broadcasting Corporation
Television 7.30
Spouse(s) Gai Brodtmann (m. 1997)

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 role 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 Gai Brodtmann, an Australian Labor Party member of the House of Representatives for the Division of Canberra.[11][12]


  1. ^ a b Dick, Tim (3 December 2010). "7.30 Report loses one host, gets two". The Sydney Morning Herald. Fairfax Media. Archived from the original on 6 December 2010. 
  2. ^ "ABC profile - Chris Uhlmann". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Archived from the original on 3 March 2015. 
  3. ^ Mathieson, Craig (12 November 2012). "How 7.30 got its mojo back". The Age. Retrieved 1 March 2013. 
  4. ^ Knott, Matthew (10 September 2013). "Chris Uhlmann departs 7.30 to try Labor doco". Crikey. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. 
  5. ^ AM presenter Tony Eastley bids farewell to early mornings, Australian Broadcasting Commission, 7 February 2014, archived from the original on 7 September 2015 
  6. ^ Knox, David (8 January 2015), Chris Uhlmann becomes ABC Political Editor, TV Tonight, archived from the original on 5 March 2016 
  7. ^ "Australian Capital Territory Electoral Commission, Molonglo First Preference Results". Australian Capital Territory Electoral Commission. 1998. Retrieved 2013-02-21. 
  8. ^ "Election Campaign Success". Newsletter - Autumn 1998. ACT Right to Life Association. 1998-06-22. Retrieved 2010-09-02. 
  9. ^ "Osborne rift: adviser considering his future". The Canberra Times. 3 August 1998. 
  10. ^ "ACT's anti-abortionists have already lost battle". The Canberra Times. 28 March 1992. 
  11. ^ "Labor People - Gai Brodtmann". Australian Labor Party. 2010. Archived from the original on 6 March 2012. 
  12. ^ Doherty, Megan (21 June 2014). "Chris Uhlmann and Gai Brodtmann a very Canberra couple". The Sydney Morning Herald. Fairfax Media. Archived from the original on 29 July 2014. 

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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