Yumi Stynes

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Yumi Stynes
Yumi Tasma Stynes

(1975-06-02) 2 June 1975 (age 44)
ResidenceSydney, New South Wales
NationalityJapanese Australian
OccupationTelevision and radio presenter, author
Years active2000–present
Home townSwan Hill, Victoria
Martin Bendeler (m. 2012)

Yumi Tasma Stynes (born 2 June 1975) is a Japanese Australian television and radio presenter and author. She is the co-host of KIIS FM's 3PM Pick-Up radio show and presenter of ABC Radio podcast Ladies, We Need to Talk about female health and sexuality.[1] She presented the morning show The Circle, was a presenter for Channel V Australia and Max, and was a presenter on Sydney's Mix 106.5 FM breakfast program during 2013.[2]

Early life[edit]

Stynes was born in Swan Hill, Victoria, Australia where she grew up with her parents, David and Yoshiko, two sisters and a brother. Her father was fifth generation Australian and her mother is Japanese.[3][4] She spent her teenage years in Melbourne attending Methodist Ladies College Kew before moving to Sydney to work for Channel V Australia.[5]



In August 2011, Stynes was appointed co-host of 3PM Pick-Up with Chrissie Swan, broadcast nationally on Mix 101.1, Mix 106.5, Mix 102.3, Mix 106.3 & 97.3 FM. She remained co-host until August 2012 and was replaced by Jane Hall.

In January 2013, Stynes hosted Mix 106.5's breakfast program with Sami Lukis the first all-female team on FM commercial radio in Sydney.[2] The show ran until December 2013 when it was announced that Mix 106.5 would rebrand to KIIS 106.5 and the breakfast show would be replaced by The Kyle and Jackie O Show.

In January 2017, Stynes joined the KIIS Network to host 3PM Pick-Up with Katie 'Monty' Dimond and Rebecca Judd.


Stynes' television career began in 2000 as a presenter for Channel V Australia, originally winning her job as part of the Channel V Reporter Search, along with James Mathison (who went on to host Australian Idol). In 2007, she moved across to MAX where she presented "The Know" with Jimmy Barnes, Lisa Hensley and Chit Chat Von Loopin Stab. From 2010 until 2012, Stynes hosted Network Ten's morning show, The Circle, alongside Denise Drysdale, Chrissie Swan and Gorgi Coghlan.[6]

Stynes has presented for several Australian channels, including Foxtel's Select, the ABC for Sleek Geeks, and SBS for the Inside Film Awards. She has appeared as a panellist on Spicks and Specks, Can of Worms, The Project and Studio 10 and been featured in The Agony of Life.

Stynes presented on Reel Spiel and 50 Minutes both on Channel V and has hosted the ASTRA Award-winning 'Max Sessions: Powderfinger'. Stynes has also appeared as a presenter at the ARIA Music Awards, APRA Awards, ASTRA Awards, Filmink Awards and Inside Film Awards.

In 2013, she co-hosted the presentation of the Tropfest short film festival on SBS.[7]

In 2018 Stynes hosted a documentary show on SBS called "Is Australia Sexist?". Stynes was accused by prominent Australian psychologist, Bettina Arndt, who was also interviewed for that SBS show, of cherry-picking data from a survey, described as "the largest-ever of its kind on the issue of sexism in Australia", exploring sexism-related attitudes in Australia. This survey was commissioned by SBS in conjunction with Sydney’s Macquarie University as basis for the SBS show. Stynes is accused of ignoring the survey's results, such as men often also being victims of sexism in Australia.[8][9]


In March 2018, Hardie Grant published Stynes' The Zero Fucks Cookbook- Best Food Least Effort in Australia.[10] It was published in the UK in July 2018.[11] As a writer, Stynes has made regular contributions to The Age, Sydney Morning Herald, The Herald Sun, The Daily Telegraph, Filmink, Grazia, Marie Claire and was a regular blogger and film critic for Bigpond. Her contributions have been featured in the anthologies Women of Letters[12] and She's Having a Laugh.[13]

Public speaking[edit]

In 2015, Stynes was a panellist at Vivid Sydney's Festival of Idea's discussion "I'm not Racist...but"[14] and also host of children's concert, "Dress Up Attack".[15]


In 2017, Stynes was a writer and host of ABC Radio podcast on female health and sexuality, "Ladies, We Need to Talk",[1] which continued for a second season in 2018. In 2018, the podcast was the winner of the Australian Podcast Awards for best Lifestyle and Heath podcast.[16]

Personal life[edit]

In 2001, Stynes became the partner of musician Ben Ely from the band Regurgitator; they separated after eight years in 2008. They have two daughters.[4] In October 2012, she married Martin Bendeler.[17] In November 2013, Stynes announced that she was pregnant. In May 2014 she gave birth to her third child, a daughter.[18] She had a son the next year.[3]


Ben Roberts-Smith[edit]

In February 2012, Stynes was criticised after comments she made about Victoria Cross recipient Ben Roberts-Smith, remarking that he was "going to dive down to the bottom of the pool to see if his brain is there",[19][20] after a photograph of Roberts-Smith topless in a pool appeared on screen.[21][22][23][24] Stynes apologised for her comments, and said: "What I didn’t estimate was how much my joke was not appreciated. I sort of intimated that maybe he wasn’t very smart, because how could you be that buff and spend that much time in a gym and be smart as well? And people have been a bit angry and I’ve been getting a lot of angry messages. And I’m really sorry."[25] Stynes spoke personally with Roberts-Smith, who accepted her apology.[26] Fairfax Media newspapers later issued an apology to Stynes and News Limited newspapers retracted stories after reporting that Stynes had questioned Roberts-Smith's sexual ability because of his use of IVF to conceive his children.[27][28]

Kerri-Anne Kennerley[edit]

On 28 January 2019, Yumi Stynes appeared as a guest panelist on Studio 10. When host Kerri-Anne Kennerley, a Logie Hall of Famer, raised the plight of at-risk indigenous women and children, Stynes repeatedly suggested Kennerley was "racist".[29] Stynes' distasteful outburst was met with nationwide disgust and widespread condemnation.[30] Many social media users questioned the appropriateness of Stynes' appearance on the panel, given her history of controversy and D-list status in Australian media.[31] Kennerley was left "seriously offended" following the attack and later, speaking on-air with 2GB's Ben Fordham, expressed concern about the damage Stynes' outburst could have on her reputation.[32] The following day Stynes called in "sick" for a booked appearance on Studio 10, stating on Instagram that it was not related to what happened the day before although she later clarified that "the reason I didn't go on the show is because it's not for me to argue indigenous rights."[33][34] She also claimed that she "would have been walking into a trap" if she appeared again on Studio 10 the next day.[35] Stynes instead participated in a radio interview on The Kyle and Jackie O Show, saying “[Kennerley] has been around forever, she’s like a cockroach, she can’t be extinguished”.[36] During that radio interview, the hosts conducted a phone interview with Kennerley to discuss the previous day's argument, before which Stynes described her as "lecturing me about racism".[34]


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  2. ^ a b "Sami and Yumi on radio – no digger jokes, please". Retrieved 24 June 2017.
  3. ^ a b O'Brien, Kerrie (23 March 2018). "'I hope our boys can be taught that they're allowed to cry': Yumi Stynes". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 5 February 2019.
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  5. ^ Kalina, Paul: Ten's turn to try a women's panel show, The Age, 4 February 2010.
  6. ^ "Personalities: Yumi Stynes". Network Ten. Retrieved 22 July 2010.
  7. ^ David Knox, "Victorian wins 21st Tropfest", TV Tonight
  8. ^ Buckingham-Jones, Sam (22 November 2018). "'Blatant spin': SBS accused of sifting data to show 'sexist' Australia". The Australian.
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  14. ^ "I'm Not Racist, But… 2015". 19 March 2015. Retrieved 24 June 2017.
  15. ^ "Dress Up Attack! For Children & Grown Ups". Vivid Live. Archived from the original on 26 May 2015. Retrieved 30 May 2015.
  16. ^ "2018 Winners Announced". Australian Podcast Awards. 6 May 2018.
  17. ^ Confidential (1 March 2012). "Yumi Stynes says sorry to war hero, then announces her engagement". Herald Sun. Retrieved 1 March 2012.
  18. ^ "Yumi Stynes has a baby! The radio host welcomes Mercy". 7 June 2014. Retrieved 24 June 2017.
  19. ^ Levy, Megan (28 February 2012). "Circle slammed over hero soldier insults". The Newcastle Herald. Retrieved 31 January 2019.
  20. ^ "Sami Lukis and Yumi Stynes join forces for radio". news.com.au. 5 December 2012. Retrieved 5 February 2019.
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  23. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 8 January 2015. Retrieved 8 January 2015.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
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  25. ^ Levy, Megan (29 February 2012). "'I feel sick': Circle host shocked at backlash over 'dud root' comment". Retrieved 24 June 2017 – via The Sydney Morning Herald.
  26. ^ Levy, Megan (1 March 2012). "Negus says sorry for 'dud-root' remark". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 31 January 2019.
  27. ^ "Fairfax apologises to Stynes and Negus over articles on 'dud root' soldier comments – Mumbrella". 17 September 2014. Retrieved 24 June 2017.
  28. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 10 December 2014. Retrieved 10 December 2014.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  29. ^ "Ugly row rocks Studio 10: 'Every time you open your mouth you sound racist'". News Limited. 28 January 2019. Retrieved 28 January 2019.
  30. ^ "Yumi Stynes attacks Kerri-Anne Kennerley". News Limited. 28 January 2019. Retrieved 28 January 2019.
  31. ^ "Mother of all learning curves". Fairfax Limited. 3 November 2011. Retrieved 29 January 2019.
  32. ^ "Studio 10 panellist accuses TV legend of racism over Australia Day protest". Macquarie Media. 28 January 2019. Retrieved 28 January 2019.
  33. ^ Morgan, Michaela (29 January 2019). "Kerri-Anne Kennerley Calls Out Yumi Stynes For Not Showing Up To Studio 10". 10 daily. Retrieved 29 January 2019.
  34. ^ a b "Yumi Stynes And Kerri-Anne Kennerley Face Off AGAIN Live On Kyle And Jackie O". KIIS 1065 Sydney. Retrieved 1 February 2019.
  35. ^ Bond, Nick (30 January 2019). "Studio 10 racism row fires up between Yumi Stynes and Kerri-Anne Kennerley". tv & radio. news.com.au. Retrieved 31 January 2019.
  36. ^ "Yumi dubs KAK a 'cockroach'". PerthNow. 29 January 2019.

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