Russell Woolf

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Russell Woolf is a Western Australian media personality best known for having presented the afternoon Drive programme on Perth's radio station 720 ABC.

Woolf was born and raised in Perth. After finishing high school he spent a year in Israel[1] before returning to Perth to study at the University of Western Australia and Curtin University.[2] In his mid-20s he studied broadcasting at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts. He worked as a presenter for 6SE Radio West in Esperance for 18 months, then spent two years at 6KG in Kalgoorlie, before joining the Australian Broadcasting Corporation in 1997 as its Karratha-based resources reporter, a position he held for five years.[1][3][4][5] Woolf then returned to Perth where he co-hosted 720's afternoon show with Verity James. In 2005 he took over the late afternoon Drive programme, where he remained until resigning from the ABC in December 2013.[6][7]

Woolf was also the weather presenter for Perth's ABC News from 2007 to 2011. The role has removed by the ABC for budgetary reasons; subsequently the weather was presented by the main newsreader (Karina Carvalho at the time).[3][8][9]

Woolf is an ambassador for the Western Australian Commissioner for Children and Young People,[10] and a patron of Inclusion WA.[11]

He was a candidate in the 2014 WA Senate by-election (together with Verity James) on a "Save Our ABC" platform.[5][12]

In 2015 Woolf announced he was moving with his family to the United States, leaving his position as host of Saturday Breakfast on 720 after his last show on 12 December 2015.[13]

Personal life[edit]

Woolf is married and has a daughter, born in 2008.[1][14][2]


  1. ^ a b c Peter McClelland (2012-03-01). "Russell Woolf – Live On Air and Loving It". Medical Forum WA. Retrieved 2014-03-16. 
  2. ^ a b Ambassador for Children and Young People - Mr Russell Woolf (PDF), Government of Western Australia, retrieved 2014-03-16 
  3. ^ a b "Russell Woolf". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 2007. Retrieved 2014-03-16. 
  4. ^ Russell Woolf. "Russell Woolf". LinkedIn. Retrieved 2014-03-16. 
  5. ^ a b Nicole Cox (2014-03-13). "WA byelection: The Woolf released among Senate candidate pack". WAtoday. Retrieved 2014-03-16. 
  6. ^ "Russell Woolf moves on from Drive". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 2013-12-06. Retrieved 2014-03-16. 
  7. ^ "Popular Drive host Russell Woolf announces he's leaving 720 ABC". 2013-12-06. Retrieved 2014-03-16. 
  8. ^ Gary Adshead (2011-09-22). "ABC axes Woolf s weather gig". The West Australian. Retrieved 2014-03-16. 
  9. ^ Jenna Clarke (2011-09-22). "Cold snap falls over ABC weather as Woolf retreats to radio". The Age. Retrieved 2014-03-16. 
  10. ^ "Ambassadors for Children and Young People". Government of Western Australia. Retrieved 2014-03-16. 
  11. ^ "Russell Woolf joins Inclusion WA as Patron". Inclusion WA. 2013-12-18. Retrieved 2014-03-16. 
  12. ^ "WA Senate draw good news for Greens". ninemsn. 2014-03-14. Retrieved 2014-03-16. 
  13. ^ Morris, Nick (4 December 2015). "ABC Radio 2016 Perth line up changes". ABC Radio Media Room (Media release). Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Archived from the original on 26 January 2016. Retrieved 26 January 2016. 
  14. ^ Russell Woolf (2008-03-17). "Woolf Cub arrives!!". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 2014-03-16. 

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