Virginia Trioli

Two-time Walkley Award winner, Virginia Trioli is one of Australia’s best-known journalists, with a formidable reputation as a television anchor, radio presenter, writer and commentator. She is much sought as a speaker and MC, and combines 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; in 2001, she won a second Walkley for her landmark interview with the former defence minister Peter Reith, over the notorious children overboard issue. In 1999 she won the Melbourne Press Club’s Best Columnist award, the Quill. In 2006 she won Broadcaster of the Year at the ABC Local Radio Awards.

Virginia has held senior positions at The Age and The Bulletin. For eight years she hosted the drive program on 774 ABC Melbourne, and the morning program on 702 ABC Sydney. She has been the host of ABC TV’s premiere news and current affairs program, Lateline, as well as Artscape and Sunday Arts. She is a regular fill-in host on the ABC’s Q&A. Virginia currently anchors ABC News Breakfast on ABC 1 and ABC News 24.

Wominjeka (Welcome). We acknowledge the Yaluk-ut Weelam as the traditional custodians of the land on which we meet. Yaluk-ut Weelam means ‘people of the river camp’ and is connected with the coastal land at the head of Port Phillip Bay, extending from the Werribee River to Mordialloc. The Yaluk-ut Weelam are part of the Boon Wurrung, one of the five major language groups of the greater Kulin Nation. We pay our respects to the land, their ancestors and their elders—past, present and to the future.