Being a journalist in the modern age is so much other than just reading the news. It is about presentation; it is about engagement. With so much competing interests for the public and increasing growth of social media as the primary source of information, onscreen journalism is in a war for its existence. In a war, you need soldiers, talented soldiers who can stand at the frontline and Lisa Wilkinson is one of such for onscreen journalism.
The Australian journalist has been at the helm of The Project since 2009. In that time, she has taken the news-current affair show to nationwide popularity. Who is Lisa Wilkinson? Learn more about her below.
Lisa Wilkinson’s Biography
Lisa Wilkinson started her life on the 19th of December, 1959, as the newborn daughter of parents, Raymond Wilkinson and Beryl Wilkinson. She was born in Wollongong in New South Wales. Her interest in journalism started from high school at Campbelltown High School.
Her higher education details are currently unknown but whatever she studied, it helped her become the youngest editor of Dolly, a teen magazine at the age of 21. She spent four years working at Dolly before she moved to Cleo magazine, a women’s magazine as editor, before becoming the International Editor-in-Chief. It was a fast growth in the career of Lisa Wilkinson that exemplified the tremendous amount of talent she possesses. An early start to life in journalism in print eventually led to television.
Wilkinson got her television career started in the late 90s, after almost two decades of working in print media. She became a panelist for Beauty and the Beast, a show on Network Ten and Foxtel. Her television career further got solidified when she hosted a show during the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia, hosting alongside Duncan Armstrong on The Morning Shift, a show on the Seven Network. The Olympics was a necessary tool in her television resume but it was not enough to make Lisa a permanent fixture on television yet.
After a few more years, appearing as a panelist, she finally got her chance in 2005. She was contracted by the Seven Network to host Weekend Sunrise, along with Chris Reason. The show, which was a breakfast variety show helped Wilkinson become a notable television host and amidst her growing popularity and performances, she was made the co-host of Today, a show on Nine Network after an opportunity opened up at the exit of the previous co-host.
She made her final appearance on Weekend Sunrise on May 6, 2007, and began working on Today on the 28th of May of the same year. Lisa spent ten years working for Nine Network on the Today show, eventually resigning in 2017 over a contract dispute. While she was on the Nine Network, she worked on other shows like Carols by Candlelight. She also got a side gig as the Australian Editor-at-large of The Huffington Post.
Having become a notable name in the Australia journalism space, Lisa did not have to wait too long after resigning from Nine Network. She immediately got a contract from Network Ten, as a co-host of The Project. The nightly current affairs show gave Lisa a larger platform than she had before, with a viewing base of over half a million viewers.
Lisa’s work in over 30 years of being a journalist eventually got recognized in 2016. On Australia Day Honors, she was appointed and honored as a member of the Order of Australia for her services to print and broadcast media.
Net Worth, Salary
Lisa Wilkinson once walked away from her contract with the Nine Network following a contract dispute. It was reported that she walked away from a contract that paid $1.8 million in yearly salary before she accepted a contract from Network Ten. Her contract salary with Network Ten is unknown but it is known at the time of the switch that she was set to become the highest paid woman in Australian television. Her total net worth is believed to be $1.3 million.
Lisa Wilkinson’s life has been defined by two major things; her work and her family. Whilst she is famously successful as a journalist, she is also a member of a beautiful family which consists of her husband, Peter FitzSimons, who is also a media personality. She has been married to him since 1992 and the couple now shares three beautiful children – a daughter and two sons.
What is Lisa Wilkinson’s Height?
Mode and style of presenting is an important part of modern journalism, which means physical appearance matter. Lisa’s success on television also benefits from her gorgeous body which stands at 5 feet and 6 inches with a body weight of 58kg. Other notable body features include her hair color which is dark brown and her eye color which is green.