Lisa Wilkinson

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Lisa Wilkinson
AM
Lisa Wilkinson (8450840846).jpg
Lisa Wilkinson at David Jones, Sydney
Born (1959-12-19) 19 December 1959 (age 58)
Wollongong, New South Wales
Residence Sydney, New South Wales
Nationality Australian
Occupation Television presenter, journalist
Years active 1981−present
Employer Network Ten
Television The Project
Spouse(s)
Peter FitzSimons (m. 1992)
Children 3
Website The Project bio

Lisa Wilkinson AM (born 19 December 1959) is an Australian journalist and television presenter.

Wilkinson is currently host of Network Ten news-current affairs and talk show The Project.

Wilkinson has previously co-hosted the Nine Network's breakfast television program, Today, with Karl Stefanovic from 2007 until 2017 and Weekend Sunrise on the Seven Network from 2005 until 2007.

Career[edit]

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.[9]

On 16 October 2017, Wilkinson resigned from the Nine Network and Today due to a contract dispute and citing 'lots of reasons'[10] after 10 years with the network, effective immediately.[11] Wilkinson has been contracted to Network Ten and will join The Project as a co-host two nights a week on the weekly edition and host the program's Sunday edition from January 2018.[12][13] It's also suspected that she will host her own current affairs show.[14] In November 2017, the Nine Network announced that Georgie Gardner would replace Wilkinson on Today .

In 2018, Lisa launched on The Project with over 580,000 viewers.[15]

Personal life[edit]

Wilkinson married media personality Peter FitzSimons on 26 September 1992;[16] they have two sons and one daughter.[17][18][19]

Honours[edit]

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.[20]

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 cm × 150 cm (40 in × 60 in) 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."[21][22]

References[edit]

  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". Today.ninemsn.com.au. 15 October 2013. Archived from the original on 5 March 2014. Retrieved 3 March 2014. 
  4. ^ The Morning Shift, tv.com
  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. ^ https://www.qt.com.au/news/lisa-wilkinson-reflects-on-leaving-today-it-was-so/3320782/
  11. ^ Charis Chang and Liz Burke. "Lisa Wilkinson quits Today Show". News.com.au. Retrieved 16 October 2017. 
  12. ^ "Lisa Wilkinson quits Today Show on Channel Nine, joins The Project on Ten". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 16 October 2017. 
  13. ^ "Lisa Wilkinson to appear 2 weeknights on The Project". TV Tonight. Retrieved 17 October 2017. 
  14. ^ Annette, Sharp. "Lisa Wilkinson to host sunday night current affairs show on Channel 10". The Daily Telegraph. 
  15. ^ http://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/tv-and-radio/despite-the-hype-lisa-wilkinsons-project-debut-is-a-fizzer-20180129-h0qc4z.html
  16. ^ "Galleries: 1992 Weddings". Perth now.com. p. 4. Retrieved 3 March 2014. 
  17. ^ Clune, Richard (25 July 2010). "Today show hosts a perfect match". Sunday Telegraph. Australia. Retrieved 3 March 2014. 
  18. ^ "Addressed for success". The Sun-Herald. 1 August 2010. 
  19. ^ "In Conversation: August Literary Lunch with Peter FitzSimons". Live at the Centre.com.au. Retrieved 7 August 2015. 
  20. ^ "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. 
  21. ^ Peter Smeeth, Lisa Wilkinson AM – Winner: Packing Room Prize 2017, Archibald Prize 2017, Art Gallery of New South Wales
  22. ^ Packing Room Prize 2017: Peter Smeeth's portrait of Lisa Wilkinson wins Archibald's art award, Paige Cockburn and Louise Hall, ABC News Online, 20 July 2017

External links[edit]

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

28 May 2007 – 16 October 2017
Succeeded by
Georgie Gardner
First
New television program
Weekend Sunrise
Co-host

April 2005 – 6 May 2007
Succeeded by
Samantha Armytage