Helen Kapalos (born 17 March 1971) is a Greek-Australian journalist and television presenter. She is the Chairperson of the Victorian Multicultural Commission; her four-year term commenced on 17 August 2015.
Kapalos began her career in her home town of Newcastle, New South Wales, as a reporter for ABC Radio in 1994, a journalist at 2HD & NEW FM before moving to television with SBS in Sydney. She returned to Newcastle, where she worked both as an award-winning reporter and news presenter for NBN Television News.
In 2002, she went back to national broadcasting and joined the Nine Network where she worked as both a reporter and news presenter. In 2005, she became a news presenter on Nightline and later became a reporter on National Nine News and A Current Affair.
In 2006, Kapalos moved to Melbourne and the Network Ten, where she took over from Jennifer Hansen as co-achor of Ten News at Five with Mal Walden. In November 2012, Kapalos's contract was not renewed, after the network decided to switch to a solo-presenter format with Walden.
On 11 February 2013, Kapalos began presenting the weeknight Seven Network Today Tonight show in New South Wales and Victoria. She broadcast from the Seven Network's Melbourne studios. Kapalos resigned at the end of 2013 to pursue her love of longer-form storytelling roles. Commencing on 20 January 2014, she joined the network's Sunday night current affairs program, Sunday Night as a senior correspondent. She also reports as a senior correspondent on other network news shows when major news stories arise.
She is the executive producer, writer and director of the independent documentary A life of its Own, which she conceptualised during her time as a Senior Correspondent with the Seven Network's current affairs program Sunday Night, when she reported on a series of stories on medical marijuana. Previously she was the presenter for the East Coast edition of the Seven Network's current affairs program Today Tonight, but left at the end of 2013, citing the desire to pursue longer-form storytelling roles.
Kapalos was made the number-one ticket holder of Hawthorn Football Club in 2012, and was the number-one female ticket holder in 2013. She has continued to interview Hawthorn players, including a special in May 2013 with 7 of their indigenous players ahead of the AFL's Indigenous Round. In addition, Kapalos has written articles for The Age about Hawthorn.
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NSW & Vic Presenter
|Ten News at Five Melbourne
Presenter with Mal Walden
2006 - 2012