Paul Bongiorno

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Paul Damian Bongiorno AM (born 1944) is an Australian political journalist.


Bongiorno started in television at the Seven Network in Melbourne in 1974, moved to WIN TV in Wollongong later that year, then moved to Network Ten in Brisbane in 1978 as a reporter and, for a time, a weather presenter. In Brisbane, he won four Walkley Awards for investigative journalism as well as reporting state politics and writing for The Bulletin magazine. He has been with Network Ten's Canberra bureau since 1988.[1] In November 2010, he was appointed national affairs editor for Ten News with Hugh Riminton, now the political editor and bureau chief in Canberra.

Paul is a veteran broadcaster who regularly appears on Network Ten's news programs and the weekday television programs on the same network with his reports on politics. He is also a regular commentator on radio.[1]

Bongiorno hosted Network Ten's national Sunday morning show, Meet the Press, from 1996 until 2012.[1]

In June 2014, Paul took voluntary redundancy from Network Ten.

From August 2014 he became a regular contributor to The Saturday Paper[2]


In the January 2014, Australia Day Honours List Bongiorno was made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) "For significant service to the print and broadcast media as a journalist, political commentator and editor."[3]

Personal life[edit]

Bongiorno is a former Roman Catholic priest. He attended St Patrick's College, Ballarat and holds a master's degree in Theology from the Pontifical Urban University in Rome.[4][5]

He is married with two daughters and is a second cousin of Bernard Bongiorno, a former justice of the Supreme Court of Victoria.[6] Paul.[7]


  1. ^ a b c "Paul Bongiorno". Meet the Press. Network Ten. Retrieved 18 February 2010. 
  2. ^ "Paul Bongiorno". The Saturday Paper. Schwartz Publishing. Retrieved 13 September 2014. 
  3. ^ "Australia Day honours list 2014: in full". Daily Telegraph. News Ltd. 26 January 2014. Retrieved 26 January 2014. 
  4. ^ "Can Big George go the full four quarters?". The Age. 16 April 2005. Retrieved 18 February 2010. 
  5. ^ Ramsey, Alan (10 May 2003). "So, I heard this yarn about a bloke and his cow...". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 18 February 2010. 
  6. ^ "Paul Bongiorno". Saxton. Retrieved 30 June 2015. 
  7. ^ Wright, Tony (6 June 1999). "Two knights are a long time in politics". The Sunday Age. Retrieved 30 June 2015. 

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