Geraldine Doogue

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Geraldine Doogue

Geraldine Doogue 2014.jpg
Geraldine Doogue in 2014
Born (1952-04-29) 29 April 1952 (age 71)
EducationUniversity of Western Australia
Occupation(s)Journalist, radio presenter, television presenter
Years active1985–present
EmployerAustralian Broadcasting Corporation
  • Tim Blue (div)
  • Ian Carroll (1987 until his death in 2011)
WebsiteGeraldine Doogue
Presenter profile ABC

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


After graduating from the University of Western Australia with a Bachelor of Arts degree, Doogue intended to train as a school teacher, 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. Australian Broadcasting Corporation executives were so impressed with Doogue's on-air presence during an interview with the Four Corners program, that she was offered a hosting role on Nationwide.[2] 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.[3]

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.[2]

In 1990 Doogue hosted the Ethnic Business Awards, which is a national business award highlighting migrant and Indigenous excellence in business. She went on to host these awards again in 1995, 1999, 2002, and 2004.[4]

Doogue was the host of Radio National's Life Matters program for 11 years from its inception in 1992. She received a United Nations Association of Australia Media Peace Award 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.[5] Since 2005, she has hosted the Extra and Saturday Extra programs on Radio National.[6]

In November 2018, Doogue was inducted into the Australian Media Hall of Fame.[7]

Personal life[edit]

Doogue was first married to Tim Blue and then to ABC executive Ian Carroll who died from pancreatic cancer on 19 August 2011.[8] With Carroll she 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.[9][10]


  • Doogue, Geraldine; Kirkwood, Peter (2005), Tomorrow's Islam: Uniting age-old beliefs and a modern world, ABC Books for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (published 2004), ISBN 978-0-7333-1543-5
  • Doogue, Geraldine (27 August 2014), The Climb: Conversations with Australian women in power, The Text Publishing Company (published 2014), ISBN 978-1-922182-32-6[11]

Honours and awards[edit]

AUS Order of Australia (civil) BAR.svg 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."[12]
  • Two Penguin Awards for excellence in broadcasting
  • United Nations Media Peace Prize
  • Churchill Fellowship for social and cultural reporting
  • Doctor of the University, University of Newcastle Australia, 2015.
  • Honorary degree, Australian National University, 2019[13]


  1. ^ "Births". West Australian. Perth, WA. 30 April 1952. p. 20. Retrieved 28 September 2020.
  2. ^ a b "Doogue, Geraldine". The Australian Women's Register. National Foundation for Australian Women. Retrieved 9 May 2017.
  3. ^ Paul Connolly (29 August 2010). "Richard Morecroft". The Sun-Herald. Fairfax. Retrieved 6 April 2015.
  4. ^ "Ethnic Business Awards". Ethnic Business Awards. Archived from the original on 3 December 2020. Retrieved 28 October 2020.
  5. ^ About Compass
  6. ^ "Lift the weekend". The Age. 31 March 2005. Retrieved 9 May 2017.
  7. ^ "ABC journalists inducted into Australian Media Hall of Fame". ABC News. 19 November 2018. Retrieved 18 July 2019.
  8. ^ "ABC pioneer Ian Carroll dies". ABC News. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 23 August 2011. Retrieved 3 October 2018.
  9. ^ "Grimshaw in Perkin debut". Archived from the original on 2 September 2010. Retrieved 22 March 2010.
  10. ^ Waltzing More Than Matilda. Retrieved 26 March 2015
  11. ^ Review: Maguire, Emily (17 October 2014). "Book review: The Wife Drought, Annabel Crabb; The Climb, Geraldine Doogue". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 8 March 2023.
  12. ^ "Officer of the Order of Australia (AO)".
  13. ^ "More than 2,600 ANU graduates ready to take on the world". ANU. 16 July 2019. Retrieved 18 July 2019.

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