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Karl Stefanovic
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Stefanovic in 2012
Born 12 August 1974 (1974-08-12) (age 46)
Nationality Australian
Education
  • St Augustine's College, Cairns
  • Anglican Church Grammar School
Alma mater Queensland University of Technology
Occupation Television presenter, journalist
Notable credit(s)
  • Today
  • Ten News
  • National Nine News
Spouse(s)
  • Cassandra Thorburn (m. 1995–2016)
  • Jasmine Yarbrough (m. 2017)
Children 4

Karl Stefanovic (Serbian Cyrillic: Карл Стевановић; born 12 August 1974), also spelt Karl Stefanović, is an Australian television presenter and journalist for the Nine Network.

Stefanovic is currently a co-host of the Nine Network's breakfast program Today.

Career

Early life

Stefanovic studied journalism at university, but after earning his degree could not secure a cadetship. At his father's suggestion, he auditioned for NIDA, but did not make the final cut despite making it through a few rounds of auditions. Although he was encouraged to re-apply for the following year, he took up a job offer from WIN Television in Rockhampton instead.

In 1994, he began working for WIN in Rockhampton and Cairns as a cadet reporter.

In 1996, Stefanovic took up a position with TVNZ as a reporter for One Network News in New Zealand. In 1998, Stefanovic returned to Australia with a job reporting and presenting for Ten News in Brisbane, and also acted as a fill-in news presenter for Ron Wilson in Sydney.

Nine Network

In 2000, Stefanovic moved to the Nine Network as a reporter and back-up presenter for National Nine News in Brisbane. He received a Queensland Media Award for Best News Coverage for his report on the Childers backpacker hostel fire in 2000. His reports on the 2001 Warragamba bushfires from Sussex Inlet in January 2002 led to his appointment to Nine's Sydney newsroom, and he was involved in the coverage of the 2003 Canberra bushfires.

In February 2005, Stefanovic replaced Today host Steve Liebmann. He has been a fill-in host on A Current Affair for Tracy Grimshaw. In 2006, he participated in the Nine Network reality television show Torvill and Dean's Dancing on Ice. He eventually made it to the grand final of the show, but was beaten by Jake Wall by a viewer poll. In 2008, Stefanovic took over as host of Nine Network's Carols by Candlelight with Lisa Wilkinson replacing longtime host Ray Martin. He continued to host Carols by Candlelight until 2012, when he was replaced by David Campbell.

In 2011, along with his hosting role at Today, Stefanovic was a contributing reporter on 60 Minutes. He also hosted a Sunday evening edition of A Current Affair (ACA Sunday).

In December 2011, he was a crew member aboard racing supermaxi yacht Investec LOYAL when it won line honours in the 2011 Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race. Stefanovic hosted the Nine Network's evening reports on the 2012 London Olympics. In December 2013, he was a crew member aboard supermaxi yacht Perpetual Loyal in the 2013 Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race, with his other celebrity crew members, Larry Emdur, Guillaume Brahimi, Tom Slingsby, Phil Waugh and Jude Bolton.

In October 2015, Stefanovic hosted television the panel show The Verdict on the Nine Network. The weekly show mixed elements of successful programs The Project and Q&A but courted controversy with its line-up of panelists.

In July 2017, Stefanvoic began hosting This Time Next Year on the Nine Network.

In December 2018, it was announced that Stefanovic would not be returning as a co-host of Today in 2019.

In November 2019, the Nine Network announced that Stefanovic would be returning to Today as co-host from January 2020 alongside Weekend Today co-host and 60 Minutes reporter Allison Langdon.

In June 2020, Stefanovic celebrated 20 years with the Nine Network.

2GB

In June 2019, it was announced that Stefanovic would become a regular contributor on 2GB.

Personal life

Stefanovic was born in Darlinghurst, New South Wales, to a Serbian-German father and an Australian mother. His younger brother, Peter Stefanovic, is a correspondent with 60 Minutes.

He was educated at St Augustines College (Cairns), the Anglican Church Grammar School and the Queensland University of Technology, where he graduated with a degree in journalism in 1994.

Stefanovic met journalist Cassandra Thorburn at a party in Rockhampton in 1995 and later married; they have three children together. In September 2016, it was revealed that Stefanovic had separated from his wife after 21 years; their divorce was finalised in October 2017.

In February 2018, Stefanovic made public his engagement to Jasmine Yarbrough. He married Yarbrough in December 2018 at a ceremony in Mexico. They have one child together.

Television shows and film appearances

Year Title Role Notes
2016 Independence Day: Resurgence Himself - Reporter Movie (scene cut)
2012 Beaconsfield Himself TV Movie
Great Barrier Reef Himself - Presenter 3 episodes
2011 The Jesters Himself Go for Gold (#2.8)
2010 A Current Affair Himself - Reporter Episode dated 22 March 2010
2009 Australia's Funniest Home Videos Himself 20 Year Special (#20.8)
2008 Hole in the Wall Himself - Brains Team Captain Brains vs. Brawn (#1.6)
2007 A Current Affair Himself - Fill-in Host Episode dated 27 August 2007
20 to 1 Himself 50 to 01: Great Movie One Liners (#4.10)
Temptation Himself - Contestant 2 episodes
2006 Torvill & Dean's Dancing on Ice Himself 8 episodes
Bert's Family Feud Himself - Team Captain 3 episodes
2005 The Price Is Right Himself Episode dated 24 October 2005
2005–2018, 2020– Today Host

Awards

At the 2011 Logie Awards, Stefanovic won two awards - the Gold Logie for Most Popular Personality, and the Silver Logie for Most Popular Presenter.

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