Lisa Wilkinson

Lisa Wilkinson AM (born 19 December 1959) is an Australian television presenter and journalist.

Lisa Wilkinson

Lisa Wilkinson at David Jones, Sydney
Born (1959-12-19) 19 December 1959
Wollongong, New South Wales, Australia
ResidenceSydney, New South Wales, Australia
OccupationTelevision presenter, journalist
Years active1981−present
EmployerNetwork 10
TelevisionThe Project
Peter FitzSimons (m. 1992)
WebsiteThe Project bio

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.


Wilkinson was born in Wollongong[1] and attended Campbelltown High School (now Campbelltown Performing Arts High School) in the Sydney suburb of Campbelltown.[2] She began her career working for the magazine Dolly.[3] At age 21,[3] she became the youngest editor of the magazine.[2] After four years she was appointed editor of the magazine Cleo and went on to become International Editor-in-Chief.[3] 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.[4]

In April 2005, Wilkinson began hosting Weekend Sunrise on the Seven Network with Chris Reason, later with Andrew O'Keefe.[5] 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.[6]

Since 2008, Wilkinson has been 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.[7][8]

In August 2015 Wilkinson was appointed as The Huffington Post, Australian Editor-at-large.[9]

On 16 October 2017, Wilkinson resigned from the Nine Network and Today due to a contract dispute and citing 'lots of reasons'[10] after 10 years with the network, effective immediately.[11] Wilkinson has been contracted to Network Ten and will join The Project as a co-host two nights a week on the weekly edition and host the program's Sunday edition from January 2018.[12][13]

In 2018, she joined the The Project, a nightly TV current affairs programme.[14]

Personal life

Wilkinson married media personality Peter FitzSimons on 26 September 1992;[15] they have two sons and one daughter.[16][17][18]


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.[19]

In 2017, Wilkinson's portrait by artist Peter Smeeth was a finalist in the Archibald Prize, and winner of the Packing Room Prize. [20][21]


  1. Turk, Louise (7 June 2008). "A Day At A Time". Illawarra Mercury. Retrieved 28 October 2013.
  2. "Campbelltown City Council – Committee Minutes" (PDF). Campbelltown City Council. 7 December 2004. p. 11. Retrieved 11 November 2007. ...Lisa Wilkinson (a former student of Campbelltown High School who became the youngest ever editor of an Australian women's magazine).
  3. "Today biography". 15 October 2013. Archived from the original on 5 March 2014. Retrieved 3 March 2014.
  4. The Morning Shift,
  5. Casamento, Jo (21 July 2013). "You'd be a fool to feel safe on TV". The Sydney Morning Herald.
  6. "TV job gives new meaning to 'hot seat'". The Sydney Morning Herald. 13 May 2007.
  7. McManus, Bridget (19 December 2013). "Today's Lisa Wilkinson: 'We need to start developing a women's club [in media]'". The Age. Retrieved 24 December 2013.
  8. Knox, David (20 October 2008). "End of an era as Ray quits Nine". TV Tonight. Retrieved 29 October 2013.
  9. Davies, Anne (19 August 2015). "Huffington Post appoints television presenter Lisa Wilkinson as editor-at-large". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 3 September 2015.
  11. Charis Chang and Liz Burke. "Lisa Wilkinson quits Today Show". Retrieved 16 October 2017.
  12. "Lisa Wilkinson quits Today Show on Channel Nine, joins The Project on Ten". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 16 October 2017.
  13. "Lisa Wilkinson to appear 2 weeknights on The Project". TV Tonight. Retrieved 17 October 2017.
  15. "Galleries: 1992 Weddings". Perth p. 4. Retrieved 3 March 2014.
  16. Clune, Richard (25 July 2010). "Today show hosts a perfect match". Sunday Telegraph. Australia. Retrieved 3 March 2014.
  17. "Addressed for success". The Sun-Herald. 1 August 2010.
  18. "In Conversation: August Literary Lunch with Peter FitzSimons". Live at the Retrieved 7 August 2015.
  19. "Member (AM) in the General Division of the Order of Australia (M-Z)" (PDF). Australia Day 2016 Honours Lists. Office of the Governor-General of Australia. 25 January 2016. Retrieved 26 January 2016.
  20. Peter Smeeth, Lisa Wilkinson AM – Winner: Packing Room Prize 2017, Archibald Prize 2017, Art Gallery of New South Wales
  21. Packing Room Prize 2017: Peter Smeeth's portrait of Lisa Wilkinson wins Archibald's art award, Paige Cockburn and Louise Hall, ABC News Online, 20 July 2017
Media offices
Preceded by
The Sunday Project

January 2018 – present
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Jessica Rowe
Co-host with Karl Stefanovic

28 May 2007 – 16 October 2017
Succeeded by
Georgie Gardner
New television program
Weekend Sunrise

April 2005 – 6 May 2007
Succeeded by
Samantha Armytage
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