For more than three decades, Lisa Wilkinson has blazed a trail through the Australian media landscape, initially in publishing, then radio and television. She has achieved extraordinary success and earned widespread respect in all forms.
As co-host of the Nine Network’s Today Show and most recently Editor-At-Large of The Huffington Post Australia – the latter appointment, in August 2015, resulted from being personally approached by founder Arianna Huffington – Lisa Wilkinson is truly in a field of her own.
Her media career got off to an astonishing start when she was appointed editor of the national young women’s magazine Dolly at the tender age of just 21. Four years later, after almost tripling the circulation, Lisa was head-hunted by the late Kerry Packer, who offered her the editorship of the iconic Cleo magazine. Over the next decade, Lisa guided the magazine to new circulation highs, making it the No.1 selling women’s lifestyle magazine per capita in the world.
With her skills now in demand internationally, Lisa set up her own magazine consultancy, whilst juggling three small children and her new role as radio host, working alongside some of the industry’s best, including Doug Mulray and Mike Carlton.
It was then Lisa made the switch to television and for the last eight years she has joined Karl Stefanovic at the helm of Nine’s Today Show. As well, she regularly anchors a number of Nine’s flagship programs, including the Federal Election coverage and Carols By Candlelight.
Apart from her diverse media skills, Lisa is also known as a mentor to young women. Under her special brand of guidance and training, there are now 21 women and men around the world who have gone on to become successful magazine editors themselves. Nicole Kidman, Miranda Kerr and Megan Gale can also thank Lisa for her talent-spotting skills and guidance, as she helped them on their way early in their careers.
In 2013 Lisa was invited to deliver the annual Andrew Olle lecture and her presentation drew enormous acclaim from her media colleagues. She became only the second female journalist after Jana Wendt in 17 years to be given the honour.
Lisa is a proud member of The Walkley Advisory Board which is responsible for judging the overall winners of the Walkley Awards for Excellence in Journalism each year.
Lisa is an ambassador for a number of charities, including Barnardo’s, Breast Cancer Institute of Australia, National Breast Cancer Foundation, the Melanoma Institute, the Ingham Medical Research Institute, the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, the Children’s Hospital Randwick, Adopt Change and the Butterfly Foundation.
Lisa is married to journalist, best-selling author and former Wallaby rugby international, Peter FitzSimons AM. They have three children.