Lisa Wilkinson to host 2017 Walkley Awards for Excellence in Journalism

We are excited to announce that the 2017 Walkley Awards for Excellence in Journalism will be hosted by Huffington Post Australia editor at large, and Walkley Advisory Board member, Lisa Wilkinson.

This year’s Walkley awards will take place on November 29, at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, in partnership with Tourism & Events Queensland. The awards will once again be broadcast live through our partner SKY NEWS, on Sky’s Public Affairs Channel, A-PAC (channel 648), from 8pm AEDT, and live-streamed on and

“I am thrilled to be hosting  the most important media event of the year. Recognising great journalism is more important than ever, and I look forward to celebrating Australia’s best and brightest in Brisbane,” said Wilkinson.

For more than three decades, Wilkinson has blazed a trail through the Australian media landscape, first in publishing, then on to radio and television. At just 21, she was appointed editor of the national young women’s magazine Dolly. Four years later, after almost tripling circulation, Wilkinson was head-hunted by the late Kerry Packer, who offered her the editorship of the iconic Cleo magazine. She later made the switch to TV, and for the last ten years has co-hosted Channel Nine’s Today Show with Karl Stefanovic, as well as regularly fronting a number of flagship Network programs including the Federal Election Coverage, the Royal Wedding and Carols By Candlelight. Wilkinson delivered the 2013 Andrew Olle Media Lecture.

In October 2017, Wilkinson announced her departure from Channel Nine, for a new role at Channel Ten. From January 2018, she will be part of Channel Ten’s The Project as well as other shows on the network. 

Ahead of the awards, we’ll be hosting events in Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne to announce the finalists. RSVP here.

For any media queries, contact Communications Manager Helen Sullivan | 04 3123 3864

The Walkley Awards for Excellence in Journalism recognises and rewards superlative Australian journalism. The journalism, photographs and artwork celebrated at the awards have chronicled Australia’s people and events for more than sixty years, telling the stories of our nation and strengthening our democracy Journalism’s night of nights is made possible by the support of the industry and our valued partners.