Chris Uhlmann

Christopher Gerald Uhlmann (born 24 June 1960) is an Australian journalist and television presenter.

Chris Uhlmann
Christopher Gerald Uhlmann

(1960-06-24) 24 June 1960
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
OccupationJournalist, television presenter
EmployerNine Network
Gai Brodtmann (m. 1997)


Uhlmann was formerly a seminarian, a security guard, and a journalist with The Canberra Times before joining the Australian Broadcasting Corporation as a radio producer in 1998.[1]

From 1999 to 2004, Uhlmann co-hosted Local Radio Breakfast on 666 ABC Canberra with David Kilby. In 2005, he was Jon Faine's producer for the Mornings show on 774 ABC Melbourne, and in 2006 was made chief political correspondent for ABC Radio current affairs.[2]

In 2008, Uhlmann switched to television, and was political editor for The 7.30 Report, ABC News, and ABC News channel. In December 2010, he was appointed as co-host of the ABC Television current affairs program, 7.30.[1] In 2012, the show was revamped again, with Uhlmann returning to the political editor role, and Leigh Sales hosting the program.[3]

In 2013, Uhlmann stepped down as 7.30's political editor. He announced that he would be working on a documentary about the Rudd and Gillard Governments for the ABC.[4]

In February 2014, Uhlmann became the 14th presenter of AM, the ABC Radio news and current affairs program.[5] He took over after Tony Eastley resigned to take up a senior presenter role with ABC News 24.

In January 2015, Uhlmann was appointed in a newly-created position as ABC News political editor.[6] As a result of the new position Uhlmann left his role as presenter of AM, and was replaced by Michael Brissenden.

In July 2017, Uhlmann's 2-minute report for ABC's Insiders on Donald Trump's appearance at the 2017 G20 Hamburg summit went viral, and he was interviewed extensively in the United States, on various television networks.[7]

In August 2017, Uhlmann announced that he would be leaving ABC to join the Nine News as political editor replacing Laurie Oakes.[8]

Uhlmann is also a fill in presenter on Today. In August 2018, amid the 2018 Liberal Party leadership spill, Uhlmann gained popularity again on social media when he appeared on Today, where he stated that the Sky News television channel, 2GB radio station and News Corp were "waging a war" against Prime Minister of Australia Malcolm Turnbull. When asked how he expected presenters on Sky or 2GB to respond, he said he "couldn't give a rat's arse", adding "If you dish it out, you have to be prepared to take it".[9]



Uhlmann unsuccessfully contested the ACT 1998 general election for the electorate of Molonglo with the Osborne Independent Group.[12] The conservative group was named after Paul Osborne, who was strongly pro-life and advocated blocking both euthanasia legislation and any attempt to decriminalise abortion.[13] Osborne and Uhlmann fell out when Osborne moved to severely restrict abortion in the ACT.[14] Six years earlier, Uhlmann had written in support of establishing an abortion clinic in the territory.[15]


With Steve Lewis, Uhlmann has written a series of political novels set in Canberra: The Marmalade Files (2012), The Mandarin Code (2014) and The Shadow Game (2016). These feature a political reporter, Harry Dunkley, investigating a conspiracy involving China, the US and Australian security organisations. In 2016 the first two books were adapted as the Australian television series Secret City.

Personal life

Uhlmann is married to Gai Brodtmann, an Australian Labor Party member of the House of Representatives for the Division of Canberra.[16][17]


  1. Dick, Tim (3 December 2010). "7.30 Report loses one host, gets two". The Sydney Morning Herald. Fairfax Media. Archived from the original on 6 December 2010.
  2. "ABC profile - Chris Uhlmann". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Archived from the original on 3 March 2015.
  3. Mathieson, Craig (12 November 2012). "How 7.30 got its mojo back". The Age. Retrieved 1 March 2013.
  4. Knott, Matthew (10 September 2013). "Chris Uhlmann departs 7.30 to try Labor doco". Crikey. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016.
  5. AM presenter Tony Eastley bids farewell to early mornings, Australian Broadcasting Commission, 7 February 2014, archived from the original on 7 September 2015
  6. Knox, David (8 January 2015), Chris Uhlmann becomes ABC Political Editor, TV Tonight, archived from the original on 5 March 2016
  7. Blackmore, Nicole (11 July 2017). "Donald Trump's tweets a 'window into his soul': Chris Uhlmann questioned over viral critique on US TV". ABC News Online. Retrieved 12 July 2017.
  8. "Chris Uhlmann leaving ABC to take Laurie Oakes's job at Nine". ABC News. 30 August 2017. Retrieved 30 August 2017.
  9. Clun, Rachel (23 August 2018). "Sky News, News Corp, 2GB 'waging war' against PM: Chris Uhlmann". The Sydney Morning Herald.
  10. The Walkley Foundation > Walkley Winners Archive Retrieved 11 July 2017.
  11. 'Accidental journalist' finally arrives, 16 August 2008. Retrieved 12 July 2017.
  12. "Australian Capital Territory Electoral Commission, Molonglo First Preference Results". Australian Capital Territory Electoral Commission. 1998. Retrieved 21 February 2013.
  13. "Election Campaign Success". Newsletter - Autumn 1998. ACT Right to Life Association. 22 June 1998. Archived from the original on 18 February 2011. Retrieved 2 September 2010.
  14. "Osborne rift: adviser considering his future". The Canberra Times. 3 August 1998.
  15. "ACT's anti-abortionists have already lost battle". The Canberra Times. 28 March 1992.
  16. "Labor People - Gai Brodtmann". Australian Labor Party. 2010. Archived from the original on 6 March 2012.
  17. Doherty, Megan (21 June 2014). "Chris Uhlmann and Gai Brodtmann a very Canberra couple". The Sydney Morning Herald. Fairfax Media. Archived from the original on 29 July 2014.
Media offices
Preceded by
Laurie Oakes
Nine News
Chief Political Editor

Succeeded by
Preceded by
Position Created
ABC News
Political Editor

Succeeded by
Andrew Probyn
Preceded by
Kerry O'Brien as The 7.30 Report
Presenter with Leigh Sales

Succeeded by
Leigh Sales (solo)
Preceded by
ABC News 24
Chief political editor and host of Capital Hill

Succeeded by
Lyndal Curtis
Preceded by
Michael Brissenden
The 7.30 Report
Political editor

Succeeded by
Heather Ewart
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