Lisa Wilkinson Biography
Lisa Wilkinson is an Australian journalist and television presenter born on 19th December 1959 in Wollongong, New South Wales. She is the host of ‘Network Ten’ news-current affairs and talk show ‘The Project’. At the age of 21 she became the youngest ever editor of a magazine.
In 2016 she 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
Lisa Wilkinson Age
Lisa was born on 19th December 1959 in Wollongong, New South Wales.
Lisa Wilkinson Salary
Lisa Wilkinson was reported to have been on a contract worth $1.1 million a year before her shock departure in October 2017 after negotiations broke down. It was reported that the company increased its
offer to a $1.8 million annual package but it was not enough to convince her to stay. She is set to become the highest paid woman on Australian television after walking away from failed contract negotiations with Channel 9’s Today show to sign with Network Ten.
“I’m sad to say that today was my last day on the Today show. I want to thank Channel Nine for the privilege of co-hosting the Today Show for the last ten years. I would particularly like to acknowledge my colleagues Karl, Sylvia, Georgie, Tim, Richard, Stevie and Natalia, as well as all the hard working producers and the entire team behind the cameras — every one of them has contributed to the incredible success of the show. Most particularly though I want to thank the Today Show audience who have been so supportive and incredibly loyal to me over the last decade. I can never thank you enough and I look forward to seeing you soon.” She tweeted.
Lisa Wilkinson Net worth
He has an estimated net worth of $1.3 million dollars.
Lisa Wilkinson Career
Lisa Wilkinson attended Campbelltown High School in Sydney and after completing secondary school she went on to do a short secretarial course. Lisa Wilkinson began her career at Dolly by answering an advertisement in the Sydney Morning Herald for a ‘secretary/editorial assistant’. (ABC, 2013) Despite having no media experience or training and only being 19 years old she obtained the job and commenced work. After only two years at Dolly, and at the young age of 21, Lisa Wilkinson was appointed as Editor of Dolly Magazine. (ABC, 2013) This made her the youngest editor in the company’s history.
In 1984 Lisa Wilkinson was ‘head hunted’ by Kerry Packer to become editor of the magazine Cleo. In the years that followed she became international Editor-In-Chief for Cleo. (Ruby Connection, 2012) Wilkinson orchestrated Cleo to be the number one magazine per capita in the world. (ABC,2013) In the late 1990’s Wilkinson transitioned to television as a regular TV panellist. In 2000 she accepted the morning shift for the coverage of the Sydney Olympics.
In April 2005, Lisa Wilkinson began hosting Weekend Sunrise on the Seven Network with Chris Reason, later with Andrew O’Keefe. 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.
Since 2008, Lisa 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. On 16th October 2017 Wilkinson resigned from the Nine Network and Today due to a contract dispute and citing ‘lots of reasons’
In 2015 she became the Editor-at-large of the Huffington Post. Wilkinson continues to write weekly for the Huffington Post as Editor-at-large as well as appearing on programs such as Q&A.
Lisa Wilkinson The Project
In January 2018 Lisa Wilkinson joined ‘Network Ten’ as a co host of ‘The Project’ two nights a week on the weekly edition and host the program’s Sunday edition.
She made her debut on the show attracting 481,000 metro viewers but numbers have since dropped significantly, with the most recent episode drawing just 254,000. During an interview with WHO magazine she said she’s not focusing on the numbers.
“In the end, I just want to do good work and the rest will follow. There was always going to be a lot of scrutiny because my change from Channel Nine to Channel 10 drew a couple of headlines and so I expected that. We’re bedding down particularly The Sunday Project at the moment and working out the best mix for the show and one of the wonderful things about going to The Project is the trust that people have in the journalism … They trust us in my experience more than any other interview program on Australian television.”
Lisa Wilkinson Husband
In 1992 Lisa Wilkinson married Peter FitzSimons, an Australian journalist, radio and television presenter and author. He is a former national representative rugby union player. They were introduced 60 Minutes reporter Liz Hayes, who was Lisa’s roommate at the time. The couple wed after just nine months of dating, with matchmaker Liz serving as Lisa’s bridesmaid.
Lisa Wilkinson Children/ Kids
Lisa Wilkinson has three children a daughter Billi FitzSimons and two sons Jake FitzSimons and Louis FitzSimons.
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Lisa Wilkinson Daughter
In May 2017 during his celebration of her 10th anniversary on the Today show her family surprised her with her stunning daughter Billi stole the show. With her brunette locks and facial features she looked very similar to her famous mother.
‘Can I just say, you have been such an amazing mum, you have always been there for us, no matter what, and you drop everything for us,’ she said.
With his daughter looking her mother in the eyes for the address, Peter was quick to embarrass the 19-year-old for her lack of camera technique.
Lisa Wilkinson and Karl Stefanovic
Lisa Wilkinson and Karl Stefanovic co hosted The Today Show on Channel 9. Karl Stefanovic was being paid a rumoured $2 million plus bonus salary while Lisa was rumoured to be paid $1.8 million. The salary parity led to Lisa quiting her job on Channel 9.
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Lisa Wilkinson Interview
Interviewer: How are women changing Australian television?
Lisa Wilkinson: I think you’d be shocked if you went back 30 years to observe who was hosting and reporting on Australian television. It would be very rare to see a woman over the age of 35, but now on most of the major news and current affairs programs — Four Corners, Insight, 7.30, A Current Affair, obviously The Project, but we’re more 50/50—women are really ruling the airwaves and it’s nice that the balance has finally started to be redressed.
Interviewer: What is the challenge of being a woman on TV?
Lisa Wilkinson: We still get treated differently when it comes to how we look and what’s expected of us in that department. But if you’re female and you work on Australian TV you just have to work with that and not against that and work out— particularly if you’re a journalist— what actually matters.
Interviewer: Has changing your TV roles been invigorating?
Lisa Wilkinson: Completely, because I am no longer sleep-deprived and that’s made an enormous difference to me and everyone in my immediate circle of friends and family. It’s wonderful to be able to get out on the road and do longer-form journalism … And everyone has been so ridiculously welcoming that I’m just so thrilled I made the change.
Interviewer: It must have been a tough time, losing your mother on top of all the Today dramas.
Lisa Wilkinson: She was 89 so in many ways I’m so grateful to have had her for so long, and my mum was an absolute fighter. For the last 25 years there were about four occasions when we thought we were going to lose her. And they were all different health issues, but she fought on and came back. So we’d got to the point where we actually thought Mum was bulletproof. I grew up with a homemaker mum, and as proud as I know Mum was of me, she would always worry about, you know, “Are you sure you want to do this? Don’t keep taking on these big challenges!” So I kind of had to assure Mum that it was worth having a go, but she worried about me right to the very end. And in fact, Mum was the first person I went to visit after the whole Today show series of events unfolded, because Mum was really worried that I wasn’t going to be OK.
Interviewer: How are you coping?
Lisa Wilkinson: Look, I miss her terribly, what can I say? But that’s life … We’re all walking around with an invisible date on our forehead. And you never know when that date is going to be yours. So it’s just a reminder. Live every day with love and kindness and keep challenging yourself, keep growing.