Ben Fordham

Ben Fordham

Walkley award-winning journalist and Host of 2GB Breakfast

Ben Fordham is a Walkley award winning journalist who now hosts Radio 2GB’s breakfast show, following Alan Jones’ retirement from radio.

The switch to the breakfast program happened in June 2020 after Ben spent a decade as 2GB’s Drive time host where he consistently topped the ratings.

Ben’s talents have been repeatedly recognised at the Australian Commercial Radio Awards, being awarded ‘Best Metropolitan Talk Presenter’ five times (2014, 2015, 2016, 2018 and 2019) and voted ‘Best Metropolitan Current Affairs Presenter’ in 2017.

Ben became the youngest reporter in history to win a Walkley-Raward double in the same year.  He won a Walkley – Australia’s top award in journalism – for his coverage of the 1997 Thredbo landslide tragedy and a Raward – the top accolade in the Australian radio industry – for excellence in journalism.

Ben started working in radio aged 15 as a work experience kid on the Alan Jones Breakfast show at 2UE where he immediately fell in love with broadcasting.  While completing his final years at high school, he worked weekends on the Continuous Call Team hosted by Ray Hadley.

He became a cadet reporter at 2UE in 1995 and then aged 20, was appointed as a political correspondent based at Parliament House, Canberra. It was during this stint where Ben formed an interest in politics and formed an extensive list of contacts.

In 1998 he spent a year at Sky News as a reporter and newsreader before being headhunted by Channel 9 a year later.  Since 1999 he’s worked on a range of programs at Nine including Today Show, A Current Affair, Nine News (political reporter), 60 Minutes and as host of top-rating Australian Ninja Warrior.

Away from his media engagements, Ben volunteers for several charities in the areas of fundraising, lobbying, strategy and as a Master of Ceremonies.

Ben is married to Seven Network journalist Jodie Speers and they have a son Freddy and two daughters, Pearl and Goldie.

TESTIMONIALS

It is a pleasure to have Ben involved with the Sony Foundation. In August 2006, Ben acted as MC for our All Stars lunch, where his relaxed style and thorough preparation were a key ingredient in the success of the event. Ben was also instrumental in reporting on the Sony Foundation on A Current Affair in December 2006.

The segment generated enormous public awareness which greatly assisted in the further expansion of the programme. More recently, Ben has provided highly-valued advice and guidance in the development of a strategy to engage mainstream media support for the Sony Foundation. In light of Ben’s hectic schedule as a journalist we greatly appreciate his energy, drive and willingness to support our Foundation. His proactive and dynamic approach is something that all involved with the Foundation admire.

Denis Handlin

Sony Foundation Australia

Thank you for your wonderful keynote presentation and panel discussion at our recent event. Your presentation is still being talked about and many feel that it is one of the best we have heard. Great to hear that you are getting the same feedback and we look forward to working with you in the near future.

Glen Frost

A & C Events

Ben was terrific at our event last week. His presentation was exactly what we were after and it hit the mark with all that were in the room. We look forward to him presenting for us in Melbourne and thanks again for his professionalism.

Andrew Donaghoe

Australian Federal Police

Ben was our master of ceremonies for the SMSF2017 Summit & Investment Expo. We found Ben to be professional from the onset and his meticulous preparation ensured his delivery was flawless.  Ben was an absolute pleasure to work with, he is an accomplished presenter and his proficient and relaxed speaking style saw him grasp the mantle of crowd favourite. We cannot wait to work with Ben for our next event.

Samantha Clark

Head of Marketing & Communications, Spring Financial Group

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