|Birth name||Dominic John Sebastian Knight|
26 January 1977 |
Sydney, New South Wales
|Medium||Radio, television, print and author of fiction|
|Education||Sydney Grammar School|
|Years active||1999 – present|
|Notable works and roles|
Dominic John Sebastian Knight (born 26 January 1977) is an Australian novelist, comedy writer, radio host and media commentator. Best known as a member of the Australian political satire comedy Logie Award–winning group The Chaser, he is also an occasional writer, columnist and blogger for the Sydney Morning Herald, and a former host of Evenings on ABC Local Radio across NSW and the ACT. Along with fellow Sydney University students Charles Firth, Julian Morrow and Craig Reucassel, Knight founded The Chaser newspaper, launched in May 1999.
Knight was educated at Sydney Grammar School, where he met fellow Chaser members Chas Licciardello and Charles Firth. He holds a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Sydney, a Master of Arts in Professional Writing from the University of Technology, Sydney, and a Doctor of Arts from the University of Sydney. He is the brother of Australian painter Jasper Knight and the grandson of former Reserve Bank Governor Sir Harold Knight.
He worked as a writer on The Hamster Wheel, an Australian Broadcasting Corporation television program which was written and performed by the members of The Chaser comedy group. Unlike his colleagues, Dominic rarely presents on the program on-screen but has done some cameo appearances: television credits include Chaser News Alert and his role as a reporter for two series of CNNNN. He also contributed to the commentary track for the second volume of The Chaser's War on Everything DVD.
During January 2007, he acted as Triple M's drive time summer fill-in along with Chas Licciardello. Their show, Chas and Dom from 'The Chaser', aired between 4 pm and 6 pm on weekdays from 2 to 25 January, and often included guest appearances from their Chaser colleagues.
Knight also writes for the Sydney Morning Herald, contributing opinion pieces, wrote for the now defunct liftout Radar, and blogged on the 2007 New South Wales election campaign. He writes a weekly column for the Fairfax Media website Daily Life.
In September 2007, Knight was questioned by police, alongside fellow Chaser members Chris Taylor and Craig Reucassel after they strapped on cardboard cars (limousines) and "drove" around Sydney in the wake of Licciardello and Morrow's arrest for entering a restricted zone without justification during the APEC Summit.
In January 2012, Knight replaced Robbie Buck as the Evenings presenter on 702 ABC Sydney, 1233 ABC Newcastle, 666 ABC Canberra and ABC Local Radio stations across New South Wales. He left the show in April 2016 and has presented other programs on the network on a casual basis since. He succeeded the retiring Tony Delroy as interim Nightlife presenter in September and October 2016.
- Disco Boy (paperback). Sydney: Bantam. 2009. ISBN 9781741666267.; a humorous novel.
- Comrades (paperback). North Sydney: Bantam. 2010. ISBN 9781863256407.;< a humorous noel which concerned a fictional student election at the University of Sydney.
- Man Vs Child (paperback). North Sydney: Random House. 2013. ISBN 9781742753218.; a romantic fictional novel.
- Strayapedia (paperback). Allen & Unwin. 2017. ISBN 9781760296070. A satirical overview of Australia, acknowledging a debt to Wikipedia; a portion of the proceeds is promised to the Wikimedia Foundation [op cit, p.1]
- Idato, Michael (16 September 2004). "Cutting to The Chaser". The Age. Retrieved 7 April 2016.
- Dow, Steve (7 December 2008). "A Brush With Mortality". The Sun-Herald.
- "Shows". Triple M. Archived from the original on 8 March 2007.
- Knight, Dominic (6 July 2006). "Opinion: Deep down, we're watching ourselves". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 7 April 2016.
- Knight, Dom (13 June 2007). "Free Tibet, and while you're at it, free Bindi too". The Sydney Morning Herald: Radar.
- Knight, Dom (2007). "Blog Central: NSW Election 2007". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 7 April 2016.
- "Search results: Dom Knight". Daily Life. Fairfax Media. Retrieved 7 April 2016.
- "Knight takes over ABC evenings role". The Canberra Times. 6 December 2011.
- "Disco boy / Dominic Knight". Trove. National Library of Australia. 2013.
- "Comrades / Dominic Knight". Trove. National Library of Australia. 2010.
- "Man vs child / Dominic Knight". Trove. National Library of Australia. 2013.