Geraldine Doogue

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Geraldine Doogue
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Geraldine Doogue
Born (1952-04-29) 29 April 1952 (age 66)
Perth, Western Australia
WebsiteGeraldine Doogue
Presenter profile ABC

Geraldine Frances Doogue AO (born 29 April 1952) is an Australian journalist and radio and television host.


After graduating from the University of Western Australia with a Bachelor of Arts, Doogue intended to train as a schoolteacher, but instead decided to apply for a cadetship at The West Australian newspaper. She later worked for The Australian, and spent several years in the United Kingdom as London correspondent for Rupert Murdoch's Australian newspapers. ABC executives were so impressed with Doogue's on-air presence during an interview with the Four Corners program, she was offered a hosting role on Nationwide.[1] In 1985 she and Richard Morecroft co-hosted The National, the ABC's short-lived experiment with a nationwide hour-long nightly news service, combining news and current affairs, with Max Walsh and Richard Carleton as chief reporters.[2]

She worked at TEN-10 Sydney from 1988 to 1989 as co-presenter on Eyewitness News with Steve Liebmann, and on commercial radio with 2UE, then returned to the ABC in 1990.[1]

Doogue was the host of Radio National's Life Matters program for 11 years. She received a United Nations Media Peace Prize and two Penguin Awards for her role in ABC TV's coverage of the Gulf War. She was the host of Compass on ABC TV from 1998 to 2017.[3] Since 2005, she has hosted the Extra and Saturday Extra programs on Radio National.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Doogue was married to Tim Blue, then to ABC executive Ian Carroll, who died from pancreatic cancer on 19 August 2011.[5] She and Carroll had two children and two stepchildren. Her elder daughter with Tim Blue, Eliza Harvey, is also an ABC journalist who is married to Adam Harvey, a son of journalist Peter Harvey.[6][7]

Honours and awards[edit]

OrderAustraliaRibbon.png Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) 9 June 2003, "For service to the community, particularly as a commentator for social change, and to the media through raising public awareness of issues involving ethics, values, religion and spirituality".[8]
  • 2 Penguin Awards for excellence in broadcasting
  • United Nations Media Peace Prize
  • Churchill Fellowship for social and cultural reporting


  1. ^ a b "Doogue, Geraldine". The Australian Women's Register. National Foundation for Australian Women. Retrieved 9 May 2017.
  2. ^ Paul Connolly (2010-08-29). "Richard Morecroft". The Sun-Herald. Fairfax. Retrieved 2015-04-06.
  3. ^ About Compass
  4. ^ "Lift the weekend". The Age. 31 March 2005. Retrieved 9 May 2017.
  5. ^ "ABC pioneer Ian Carroll dies". ABC News. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 2011-08-23. Retrieved 2018-10-03.
  6. ^ Grimshaw in Perkin debut
  7. ^ Waltzing More Than Matilda. Retrieved 26 March 2015
  8. ^ "Officer of the Order of Australia (AO)".

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