Lisa Wilkinson

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Lisa Wilkinson
Lisa Wilkinson, February 2012.jpg
Lisa Wilkinson at David Jones, Sydney
Born (1959-12-19) 19 December 1959 (age 57)
Wollongong, Australia
Occupation Television presenter, journalist
Notable credit(s)
Spouse(s) Peter FitzSimons
Children 2 sons, 1 daughter
Website at Nine MSN

Lisa Wilkinson AM (born 19 December 1959) is an Australian journalist and television presenter. Since 2007, Wilkinson has co-hosted the Nine Network's breakfast television program, Today, with Karl Stefanovic.


Wilkinson was born in Wollongong[1] and attended Campbelltown High School (now Campbelltown Performing Arts High School) in the Sydney suburb of Campbelltown.[2] She began her career working for the magazine Dolly.[3] At age 21,[3] she became the youngest editor of the magazine.[2] After four years she was appointed editor of the magazine Cleo and went on to become International Editor-in-Chief.[3] Her television career began in the late 1990s when she was a regular panelist on Network Ten and Foxtel's Beauty and the Beast. During the 2000 Summer Olympics, she (along with Duncan Armstrong) co-hosted The Morning Shift on the Seven Network.[4]

In April 2005, Wilkinson began hosting Weekend Sunrise on the Seven Network with Chris Reason, later with Andrew O'Keefe.[5] On 10 May 2007, it was confirmed that Wilkinson was to co-host Today on the Nine Network after Jessica Rowe left the network. Wilkinson's last appearance on Weekend Sunrise was 6 May 2007, and she began appearing on Today on 28 May 2007.[6]

Since 2008, Wilkinson has been the co-host of the Nine Network's Carols by Candlelight, replacing long time host Ray Martin when Martin semi-retired. Wilkinson's co-host from 2008 until 2012, was Karl Stefanovic and in 2013, she was joined by David Campbell.[7][8]

In August 2015 Wilkinson was appointed as The Huffington Post, Australian Editor-at-large. She will continue her role with Nine Network's breakfast program.[9]

Personal life[edit]

Wilkinson married media personality Peter FitzSimons on 26 September 1992;[10] they have three children, two sons and a daughter.[11] They reside in Sydney.[12][13]


Wilkinson was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia in the 2016 Australia Day Honours list for significant service to the print and broadcast media as a journalist and presenter, and to a range of youth and women's health groups.[14]

In 2017, Wilkinson's portrait by artist Peter Smeeth was a finalist in the Archibald Prize, and winner of the Packing Room Prize. The 100 x 150 cm landscape-form portrait has her reclining on a couch, looking out at the viewer. Smeeth said, "Three important things in Lisa’s life are her family, television presenting and print journalism so I have placed her between a television and a magazine, while her family members are reflected on the screen. I wanted to convey the idea that when Lisa is not on television, her family is her focus."[15][16]


  1. ^ Turk, Louise (7 June 2008). "A Day At A Time". Illawarra Mercury. Retrieved 28 October 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Campbelltown City Council – Committee Minutes" (PDF). Campbelltown City Council. 7 December 2004. p. 11. Retrieved 11 November 2007. ...Lisa Wilkinson (a former student of Campbelltown High School who became the youngest ever editor of an Australian women's magazine). 
  3. ^ a b c "Today biography". 15 October 2013. Retrieved 3 March 2014. 
  4. ^ The Morning Shift,
  5. ^ Casamento, Jo (21 July 2013). "You'd be a fool to feel safe on TV". The Sydney Morning Herald. 
  6. ^ "TV job gives new meaning to 'hot seat'". The Sydney Morning Herald. 13 May 2007. 
  7. ^ McManus, Bridget (19 December 2013). "Today's Lisa Wilkinson: 'We need to start developing a women's club [in media]'". The Age. Retrieved 24 December 2013. 
  8. ^ Knox, David (20 October 2008). "End of an era as Ray quits Nine". TV Tonight. Retrieved 29 October 2013. 
  9. ^ Davies, Anne (19 August 2015). "Huffington Post appoints television presenter Lisa Wilkinson as editor-at-large". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 3 September 2015. 
  10. ^ "Galleries: 1992 Weddings". Perth p. 4. Retrieved 3 March 2014. 
  11. ^ Clune, Richard (25 July 2010). "Today show hosts a perfect match". Sunday Telegraph. Australia. Retrieved 3 March 2014. 
  12. ^ "Addressed for success". The Sun Herald. 1 August 2010. 
  13. ^ "In Conversation: August Literary Lunch with Peter FitzSimons". Live at the Retrieved 7 August 2015. 
  14. ^ "Member (AM) in the General Division of the Order of Australia (M-Z)" (PDF). Australia Day 2016 Honours Lists. Office of the Governor-General of Australia. 25 January 2016. Retrieved 26 January 2016. 
  15. ^ Phil Meatchem: Aah yeah, that guy, Archibald Prize [List_of_Archibald_Prize_2017_finalists|finalists]], Art Gallery of New South Wales, 2017-07-20
  16. ^ Packing Room Prize 2017: Peter Smeeth's portrait of Lisa Wilkinson wins Archibald's art award, Paige Cockburn and Louise Hall, ABC News Online, 2017-07-20

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Media offices
Preceded by
Jessica Rowe
Co-host with Karl Stefanovic

28 May 2007 – present
New television program
Weekend Sunrise

April 2005 – 6 May 2007
Succeeded by
Samantha Armytage