Sharri Markson

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Sharri Markson
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Markson in 2013
Born (1984-03-08) 8 March 1984 (age 35)
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Chaz Heitner (m. 2017)

Sharri Markson (born 8 March 1984) is an Australian journalist. She is National Political Editor for The Daily Telegraph.

Early life[edit]

Markson was born and raised in Sydney.[1] Her father is celebrity promoter, Max Markson. She worked for The Sunday Telegraph, where she was twice named News Limited's Young Journalist of the Year.[2][3]


She joined the Seven Network in 2011, and was part of a team of journalists who won a Walkley award for TV news reporting.[1][4]

Markson was Australian editor of Cleo for one year in 2013.[5] While editor, she made the decision to no longer mention sex on the magazine's cover.[6]

Markson became media editor of The Australian newspaper in February 2014.[7] There she was "noted for her aggressive pursuit of stories involving the ABC and Fairfax Media."[8] She shifted to a senior writing role in 2015, and in September 2016 was appointed National Political Editor for The Daily Telegraph.[8]

Markson has at times engaged in undercover journalism. While working for The Sun in London she posed as a PR executive requiring an escort in order to report on high-end male prostitutes.[1] In 2005, she visited a hospital ward "looking upset, with a bunch of flowers" in order to interview John Tulloch, a survivor of the 7/7 London bombings.[2] In 2014, Markson went undercover at Sydney universities, attending media lectures. She alleged that students were being influenced by the anti-News Corp beliefs of their lecturers.[9]

Markson was the first journalist to disclose Barnaby Joyce's "love child", which ultimately led to his resignation as Australia's deputy prime minister.[10]

In June 2018, she attended the AIJAC sponsored Rambam Fellowship Program in Israel, along with other journalists and politicians. According to The Australian Jewish News, "she found Israel to be an eye-opening experience as a journalist, but also discovered a deep emotional awakening inside her as an Australian Jew while visiting the Western Wall for the first time".[11]

Markson's work has occasionally attracted controversy. In November 2015, she was detained by Israeli security officials for breaching protocol during a visit to the Ziv Medical Centre in Safed.[12]

Markson began hosting a self-titled weekly program on Sky News Live from 9 October 2018.[13] In May 2019, she was "mocked on twitter" after stating on air 8 days before the 2019 Federal election that the Coalition had a real chance to win;[14] they did win.


  1. ^ a b c Leys, Nick (10 December 2012). "At just 28, TV journalist Sharri Markson to take the reins at Cleo". The Australian. Retrieved 13 January 2017.
  2. ^ a b Crabb, Annabel (18 July 2005). "Media soiled in London terror trickery". The Age. Fairfax Media. Retrieved 13 January 2017.
  3. ^ Hicks, Robin (10 December 2012). "Sharri Markson is appointed editor of Cleo". Mumbrella. Retrieved 13 January 2017.
  4. ^ "Seven wins TV news Walkley Award". Yahoo! News. 3 December 2012. Retrieved 13 January 2017.
  5. ^ Colgan, Paul (15 November 2013). "Cleo Editor Sharri Markson Is Leaving Today After Bauer Merged The Title With Dolly". Business Insider. Retrieved 13 January 2017.
  6. ^ O'Brien, Susie (24 November 2013). "How the sexual revolution became so very ordinary". Herald Sun. News Corp. Retrieved 13 January 2017.
  7. ^ Christensen, Nic (6 February 2014). "Sharri Markson named new media editor for The Australian, vows to bring more 'attitude'". Mumbrella. Retrieved 13 January 2017.
  8. ^ a b Ward, Miranda (23 September 2016). "Sharri Markson joins The Daily Telegraph as national political editor". Mumbrella. Retrieved 13 January 2017.
  9. ^ Davey, Melissa (13 October 2014). "Student indoctrination claim 'unethical and untrue', say media lecturers". The Guardian. Retrieved 13 January 2017.
  10. ^ "Daily Telegraph leads the pack for news-breaking journalism at Kennedy Awards". Daily Telegraph (Sydney). 1 August 2018. Retrieved 19 October 2018.
  11. ^ "Rambam journos report back". The Australian Jewish News. 21 December 2015. Retrieved 19 October 2018.
  12. ^ Knott, Matthew (23 November 2015). "Journalist Sharri Markson detained on Israeli visit". The Sydney Morning Herald. Fairfax Media. Retrieved 13 January 2017.
  13. ^ "Daily Telegraph political editor Sharri Markson to host Sky News program". The Daily Telegraph. 5 October 2018. Retrieved 5 October 2018.
  14. ^ Loomes, Phoebe (19 May 2019). "Sky News commentator Sharri Markson predicted Liberal win eight days before election".

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