Lisa Wilkinson AM
Co-host of The Project, Lisa Wilkinson is one of Australia’s most respected media identities.
For more than three decades, Lisa has blazed an unprecedented trail through the Australian media landscape, initially in publishing, then on radio and now in television and online. In every forum she has achieve extraordinary success and earned widespread respect.
Following a hugely successful 10-year stint as co-host of Nine Network’s Today, Lisa joined The Project late 2017 and continues to bring some big interviews working alongside co-hosts Peter van Onselen and Tommy Little on The Sunday Project.
Lisa’s media career got off to an astonishing start when she became the youngest ever editor of a national magazine – the young women’s title Dolly – at the age of just 21. Four years later, after almost trebling Dolly’s circulation, Lisa was offered the editorship of the iconic Cleo magazine. Over the next decade, Lisa guided Cleo to new circulation highs, making it the best-selling women’s lifestyle magazine per capita in the world.
With her skills in demand internationally, Lisa then set up her own magazine consultancy, while juggling three small children and her new role as radio host, working alongside some of the industry’s best, including Doug Mulray and Mike Carlton.
Next Lisa made the switch to television, initially with Foxtel on the panel discussion program Beauty & The Beast, then to Channel Seven hosting The Morning Shift and Weekend Sunrise, before joining Nine at the helm of Today, where her talents took the program to the number one spot in breakfast television.
In 2013, Lisa delivered the prestigious annual Andrew Olle Media Lecture and her presentation drew enormous acclaim from both the public and her peers. She became only the second female journalist after Jana Wendt in 17 years to be given the honour.
In 2016 Lisa was named a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for her significant service to the print and broadcast media, as a journalist and presenter, and to a range of youth and women’s health groups.
A member of The Walkley Advisory Board, which is responsible for judging the overall winners of the annual Walkley Awards for Excellence in Journalism, Lisa is also a global ambassador of The Fred Hollows Foundation, as well as supporting numerous other charities including Barnardo’s, National Breast Cancer Foundation, the Melanoma Institute, the Ingham Medical Research Institute, the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, the Sydney Children’s Hospital Randwick, Adopt Change, Jamie Oliver’s Ministry of Food, The Big Issue and the Butterfly Foundation.
Lisa is married to journalist, best-selling author and former Wallaby rugby international, Peter FitzSimons AM. They have three children.