Lisa Millar

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Lisa Joy Millar
Born (1969-02-19) 19 February 1969 (age 52)
Gympie, Queensland, Australia
OccupationTelevision presenter, journalist
EmployerAustralian Broadcasting Corporation
TelevisionNews Breakfast

Lisa Millar is an Australian television news presenter and journalist.

Millar is currently co-host of the ABC's breakfast program News Breakfast alongside Michael Rowland.

She has previously been a foreign correspondent for ABC News based in London and Washington DC.


Millar began her journalism career in newspapers, with a cadetship for The Gympie Times and then Brisbane's afternoon tabloid newspaper, The Sun, until it closed down in late 1991.

Lisa next moved north to Townsville, where she worked for the regional television broadcaster, WIN TV, for a year, after which she crossed to the ABC as its North Queensland correspondent, covering a large area stretching from Torres Strait to the outback mining community of Mount Isa, and down to the Whitsunday island chain. Millar then worked in the federal Press Gallery in Canberra for the ABC, including during the 1996 Federal Election campaign, which saw John Howard become Prime Minister.

Millar moved back to Queensland where she became ABC's state political reporter, covering the rise and fall of Pauline Hanson and her party, One Nation. She was elected president of the 30-strong Brisbane press gallery and was co-anchor of the ABC's state election coverage in 1998 and 2001. Lisa also reported for ABC Radio in Queensland and was a regular commentator on Queensland issues for 702 ABC Sydney.

In 2001, Millar was assigned as the ABC's North American correspondent, based in Washington, before returning to Australia in 2005. She was part of the team that won the 2005 Walkley Award for Investigative Journalism for the story that discovered Vivian Solon in the Philippines.[1]

In 2007, Lisa was awarded an Ochberg Fellowship by the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma for creating a DVD to assist journalists who experience grief or trauma.[2][3]

In July 2009, Millar returned to Washington to become the ABC's North American Bureau Chief and held that position for six years.[4][5] In 2012, she spent several months on assignment to the ABC's Europe bureau in London, covering the Olympic Games and other major stories, before returning to the Washington bureau.

In April 2015, ABC announced that Millar would replace Philip Williams as Bureau Chief of the ABC's London bureau from September.[6] In October 2018, Millar returned to Australia to take up a roving reporter/presenter role with the ABC.

In December 2018, Millar joined News Breakfast as co-host whilst Virginia Trioli was on long service leave. She filled in on the program until Trioli returned in April 2019.

In June 2019, it was announced that Millar would succeed Virginia Trioli as co-host of News Breakfast, commencing on the 19 August 2019.[7]

In September 2021, Millar deactivated her Twitter account due to "voluminous daily bullying, including trolling about her late father"[8] according to ABC colleague Leigh Sales. Millar said that while Twitter remains a useful platform for breaking news, she struggled to balance that against the high level of animosity personally directed towards her on the site.[9] She also said the barrage of abuse she received on Twitter was "very wearing".[9] Millar is one of a number of Australian media personalities who have been victims of personal abuse directed at them on Twitter.[10] Notably, Q+A host Hamish Macdonald also left Twitter in January 2021 due to the abuse he received on the platform, before leaving the talk program entirely in July 2021.[11]

Personal life[edit]

Millar grew up in the small country town of Kilkivan in Queensland; her father was the National Party MP Clarrie Millar.[9]

Lisa had previously been married to journalist Sid Maher.


  1. ^ 2005 Walkley winners
  2. ^ Debrief on trauma
  3. ^ "Ochberg Fellows". Archived from the original on 25 July 2011. Retrieved 26 October 2010.
  4. ^ ABC reporter returns to the USA
  5. ^ About
  6. ^ "ABC names Philip Williams as Chief Foreign Correspondent".
  7. ^ "Lisa Millar to take over from Virginia Trioli on ABC News Breakfast". 18 June 2019.
  8. ^ Bullying on Twitter has become unhinged. It's time to call out the personal, sexist attacks, by Leigh Sales, retrieved 16 September 2021
  9. ^ a b c Quinn, Karl (17 September 2021). "'I wasn't looking to make a fuss': Why journalists are giving up on Twitter". The Age. Retrieved 18 September 2021.
  10. ^ Knox, David (17 September 2021). ""I do 15 hours of live TV a week": Lisa Millar reflects on quitting Twitter". TV Tonight. Retrieved 18 September 2021.
  11. ^ Quinn, Karl (21 August 2021). "'It was pretty isolating': Why Hamish Macdonald left Q+A to return to The Project". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 18 September 2021.

External links[edit]

Media offices
Preceded by News Breakfast
Co-host with Michael Rowland

19 August 2019 – present
Succeeded by