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Virginia Trioli

Two-time Walkley Award–winner Virginia Trioli is one of Australia’s best-known journalists. A television anchor, radio presenter, writer and commentator, she is also much sought after as a speaker and MC, combining a rigorous interviewing style with an often wicked sense of humour.

In 1995 Virginia won Australian journalism’s highest honour, the Walkley Award, for her business reporting. She received a second Walkley in 2006 for her landmark interview with former defence minister Peter Reith, over the notorious Children Overboard issue. In 1996 Virginia published Generation F, a celebrated response to Helen Garner’s First Stone. In 1999 she won the Melbourne Press Club’s Best Columnist award, the Quill. And, in 2006 again, she won Broadcaster of the Year at the ABC Local Radio Awards.

Virginia has held senior positions at the Age newspaper and the Bulletin magazine. For eight years she hosted the Drive program on 774 ABC Melbourne, and the Morning program on 702 ABC Sydney. She has hosted Lateline and Q&A for ABC TV, and appeared as a presenter on Sunday Arts. She currently anchors ABC News Breakfast on ABC 1 and ABC News 24.