Dixie Marshall

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Dixie Marshall
Dixie Marshall

March 1963
OccupationJournalist, news presenter, Director of communications
Years active1984–present
Spouse(s)Luke Morfesse

Dixie Marshall (born March 1963) is a Western Australian former television news presenter and currently the strategic communications director for Colin Barnett, the Premier of Western Australia.[1]


Marshall joined the Nine Network in Perth in 1984 as a cadet reporter. She became one of Australia's first female football commentators when she joined the Seven Network in Melbourne in the late 1980s.[2] Returning to Perth in 1993, she left the sports department for general reporting, and progressed to become the Perth Nine News weeknight presenter alongside Peter Holland. In June 2003, Sonia Vinci replaced Holland to form Australia's first permanent all-female weekday evening news presenting team.[3]

In 2011, she resigned from Nine News,[4] and shortly after joined the Western Australian Premier, Colin Barnett's office as the Director of Government Media.[5] She moved into the role of strategic communications director in January 2015.[1]

Marshall attracted considerable criticism following the spectacular defeat of the Barnett government in the March 2017 WA state election."Marshall was a controversial figure in Barnett’s office. While not quite achieving Peta Credlin-level controversy, she was accused in parliament of being foul-mouthed and a bully."[6][7]

in April 2017, former WA Police major crime boss Inspector Jack Lee, while giving evidence in a multimillion-dollar defamation case being brought by barrister Lloyd Rayney said Marshall had, during his investigation of Corryn Rayney's murder, attempted to pressure him and threatened to report him to the Corruption and Crime Commission if he did not "pursue" Lloyd Rayney over the death of his wife.[8]

Personal life[edit]

Marshall is the daughter of former footballer, tennis player, commentator and Liberal Party of Australia politician Arthur Marshall. She has two children with Luke Morfesse, a former journalist and current general manager of media and communications for the Fremantle Football Club.[4]


  1. ^ a b Parker, Gareth (13 January 2015). "Govt media chief Dixie Marshall steps aside".
  2. ^ Young, Emma (26 August 2011). "Levelling the playing field".
  3. ^ "Holland axed on weekday news". The West Australian. 21 June 2003.
  4. ^ a b Caccetta, Wendy (21 May 2011). "Why Dixie Marshall had to quit". The Sunday Time.
  5. ^ Caccetta, Wendy (27 May 2011). "Dixie Marshall heads Colin Barnett's media team".
  6. ^ http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/margin-call/theyre-whistling-dixie-at-seven-west-media/news-story/12099720339c4d3b3effea3f41b198f7
  7. ^ http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/state-politics/wa-election/how-election-was-lost-barnetts-fast-ferry-to-failure/news-story/4504e9625f01ccb264928a4db7fa87fe
  8. ^ http://www.perthnow.com.au/news/western-australia/lloyd-rayney-defamation-trial-inspector-jack-lee-claims-dixie-marshall-pressured-him-to-focus-on-rayney/news-story/afe5b72eeacf300378f8c6ae98a92de1