Walkley award-winning journalist who spreads his talents between the Nine Network and hosting his award-winning radio show SYDNEY LIVE on 2GB.
His is often the face you wake up to when he’s filling in as a host on Nine’s TODAY Show and if you happen to tune into 2GB’s drive program later in the day this same guy – Ben Fordham – will be sharing the day’s big news stories with his listeners.
As a media all-rounder, and an award-winning one at that, Ben Fordham is the complete package.
Ben is now in his 20th year with the Nine Network, initially as a reporter on A Current Affair and 60 Minutes and in more recent years variously as a host on the TODAY Show, TODAY Extra and Ninja Warrior. He added radio to his bow in 2011 when he was recruited by Sydney’s No. 1 rating radio station 2GB to host Sydney Live in the 3pm-6pm shift.
Along the way, his talents have won him several major industry awards.
Aged 20, and then a 2UE political correspondent in the Parliament House Press Gallery in Canberra, Ben won a Walkley Award – Australia’s top award in journalism – for his coverage of the 1977 Thredbo landslide tragedy and a Raward – the top accolade in the Australian radio industry – for excellence in journalism. He became the youngest reporter in history to win a Walkley-Raward double and was honoured the following Australia Day with a Young Citizen of the Year award.
Radio-wise, his talents have won major recognition in the Australian Commercial Radio Awards, being voted the nation’s best metropolitan talk presenter (2014-2015-2016-2018) and best metropolitan current affairs presenter (2017). In 2018, he was also awarded the prestigious Brian White Award for Radio Journalism.
He’s often asked what he prefers most – television or radio? The truth is he finds both equally enjoyable and challenging.
Thanks to his job, Ben has built close contacts with some inspiring people who’ve dedicated their lives to helping others.
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 daughter Pearl.