Virginia Haussegger

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Virginia Haussegger, AM (born 21 March 1964), is an Australian journalist, media commentator and television presenter.

Haussegger presented ABC News in Canberra from 2001 until 2016.

Career in journalism[edit]

She was previously a reporter and presenter of the ABC's national program 7:30 Report, and was a senior reporter at Channel Nine and the Seven Network on flagship current affairs programs. In addition to broadcast, she is a columnist and leading commentator on a range of social and gender issues and is published across various Australian media. She was awarded the United Nations Association of Australia Media Peace Prize for her coverage of Indigenous Affairs in 1996.[1]

In September 2016, Haussegger announced that she would be leaving ABC News in October to take up a role at the University of Canberra's 50/50 by 2030 Foundation.[2]


She is the author of Wonder Woman: The Myth of Having it All which examines issues of feminism, fertility and female choice.[3]

Social issues[edit]

She has promoted public awareness of the non-government organisation Mahboba's Promise that assists women, widows and orphans in Afghanistan.[4] Virginia has served on the board of UN Women National Committee Australia since late 2010.[5]

She is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Canberra, IGPA, Institute For Governance and Policy Analysis.

In 2016, she wrote an article for The Sydney Morning Herald mentioning journalist Samantha Armytage, labelling her a "mindless bimbo", saying that "when it comes to the important stuff of the day – the stuff that makes the news – there is a screaming lack of representation of women's knowledge, wisdom and expertise." [6]


In the 2014 Queen's Birthday Honours List, Haussegger was appointed as a Member of the Order of Australia (AM), for "significant service to the community, particularly as an advocate for women's rights and gender equity, and to the media".[7]

Personal life[edit]

On 15 October 2005, she married fellow journalist, Mark Kenny, who is now the national political editor for Fairfax Media. It is the second marriage for both.[8] Australian National University academic, John Warhurst describes them as one of Canberra's most powerful couples.[9]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ ABC News Future Forum (accessed 14 May 2013)
  2. ^ Burgess, Katie (2016-09-19). "Virginia Haussegger resigns from ABC Canberra to head University of Canberra gender equity foundation". Retrieved 2016-09-19. 
  3. ^ "Wonder Woman: The Myth of Having it All" at Google Books
  4. ^ Chris Kimball. Virginia Goes to Kabul. ABC Stateline. (last accessed 15 July 2009)
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  6. ^ "How the bimbos of breakfast TV disgraced themselves and feminism". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 2016-02-15. 
  7. ^ "The Queen's Birthday 2014 Honours List" (PDF). 8 June 2014. Retrieved 8 June 2014. 
  8. ^ "Haussegger, Virginia". National Library of Australia. Retrieved 28 August 2015. 
  9. ^ Raggatt, Matthew (21 June 2014). "Canberra's power couples - the cream of the crop". Canberra Times. Retrieved 28 August 2015.