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Lisa Wilkinson

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Wilkinson at David Jones, Sydney
Born
Wollongong, New South Wales, Australia
Nationality Australian
Education Campbelltown Performing Arts High School
Occupation Television presenter, journalist
Years active 1981−present
Employer Network 10
Television The Project
Spouse(s)
Peter FitzSimons (m. 1992)
Children 3

Lisa Wilkinson AM is an Australian television presenter and journalist.

Wilkinson is currently host of Network 10 news-current affairs and talk show The Project.

Wilkinson has previously co-hosted the Nine Network's breakfast television program, Today, with Karl Stefanovic from 2007 until 2017 and Weekend Sunrise on the Seven Network from 2005 until 2007.

Career

Wilkinson was born in Wollongong, but grew up in Campbelltown and attended Campbelltown High School (now Campbelltown Performing Arts High School). She began her career working for the magazine Dolly. At age 21, she became the youngest editor of the magazine. After four years, she was appointed editor of the magazine Cleo and went on to become International Editor-in-Chief. Her television career began in the late 1990s when she was a regular panelist on Network Ten and Foxtel's Beauty and the Beast. During the 2000 Summer Olympics, she (along with Duncan Armstrong) co-hosted The Morning Shift on the Seven Network.

In April 2005, Wilkinson began hosting Weekend Sunrise on the Seven Network with Chris Reason, later with Andrew O'Keefe. On 10 May 2007, it was confirmed that Wilkinson was to co-host Today on the Nine Network after Jessica Rowe left the network. Wilkinson's last appearance on Weekend Sunrise was 6 May 2007, and she began appearing on Today on 28 May 2007.

Wilkinson hosted the Ethnic Business Awards, which is a national business award highlighting migrant and Indigenous excellence in business, for 3 years in a row (2005-2007).

From 2008 to 2016, Wilkinson was the co-host of the Nine Network's Carols by Candlelight, replacing long time host Ray Martin when Martin semi-retired. Wilkinson's co-host from 2008 until 2012 was Karl Stefanovic, and in 2013 she was joined by David Campbell. She was replaced by Sonia Kruger in 2017 after she left the Nine Network.

In August 2015 Wilkinson was appointed as The Huffington Post, Australian Editor-at-large.

On 16 October 2017, Wilkinson resigned from the Nine Network and Today due to a contract dispute and citing 'lots of reasons' after ten years with the network, effective immediately. In 2018, she joined The Project, a nightly TV current affairs programme on Network 10.

Personal life

Wilkinson married media personality Peter FitzSimons on 26 September 1992; they have two sons and one daughter.

Honours

Wilkinson was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia in the 2016 Australia Day Honours list for significant service to the print and broadcast media as a journalist and presenter, and to a range of youth and women's health groups.

In 2017, Wilkinson's portrait by artist Peter Smeeth was a finalist in the Archibald Prize, and winner of the Packing Room Prize.

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