Jacinta Parsons

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Jacinta Parsons is a radio broadcaster and writer from Melbourne, Australia who has worked at both community radio station Triple R and for both Double J and ABC Radio Melbourne.[1]


Parsons began broadcasting at community radio station Triple R in 2006 on the Australian music show, Local and/or General, celebrating emerging local musicians. During her time at Triple R she also hosted Dynamite, Detour and Breakfasters.[2]

In 2015, Parsons moved to the ABC and joined the Double J team as the Music Director for ABC Local Radio.

In December 2017, ABC announced that Parsons and Sami Shah host the Breakfast program on ABC Radio Melbourne from January 2018 replacing Red Symons. The remained in the role until December 2019 before moving to other positions.[3]

In January 2020, Parsons replaced Richelle Hunt as host of ABC Radio Melbourne's Afternoon program and co-host of the Friday Revue with Brian Nankervis.[4]


Parsons released a memoir in September 2020, entitled Unseen. It explores living with Crohn's Disease and chronic illness for over 20 years.[5][6]


Parsons was diagnosed with Crohn's disease in 1997 and is an advocate for other people with the disease with Crohn's and Colitis Australia[7]

Parsons is an active member of the music and arts community and is a board member for Rollercoaster Theatre[8] - a not-for-profit ensemble of trained actors with intellectual disabilities from a wide range of backgrounds.

She lives in Melbourne with her husband and two children.[citation needed]


  1. ^ "Afternoons with Jacinta Parsons".
  2. ^ "Jacinta Parsons Joins Triple R's Breakfasters". Beat Magazine. 31 January 2014. Retrieved 10 November 2020.
  3. ^ Lallo, Broede Carmody, Michael (29 November 2019). "'The audience owns the show': Sammy J to replace Sami and Jacinta". The Age. Retrieved 19 December 2021.
  4. ^ "Jacinta Parsons Gets New Job". The Age.
  5. ^ Parsons, Jacinta (11 June 2019). "Illness can morph you without your consent". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 30 August 2020.
  6. ^ Valentish, Jenny (25 September 2020). "Jacinta Parsons on living with chronic illness: 'I couldn't feel my body properly'". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 10 November 2020.
  7. ^ "Let's Talk About Inflammatory Bowel Disease".
  8. ^ "Roller Coaster Theatre Board Members".