This week, we revisit Deborah’s 2014 interview with Lisa Wilkinson, co-host of the Nine Network’s TODAY Show, journalist, business mentor and media personality as she discusses her amazing career, love and how she became the face of morning television.
Lisa began her career journey growing up in the Sydney suburb of Campbelltown. A self-confessed “magazine junkie” she would spend her spare cash on women’s magazines, daydreaming of one day working in the media.
At the age of 19, her dreams began to take shape in reality when she applied for a job at Dolly Magazine. Two years later she was promoted to the role of editor – making her the youngest magazine editor in Australia.
“I knew straight away I’d found my passion,” said Lisa.
Four years later Lisa received a call from Kerry Packer who offered her the job of editor of Cleo Magazine. Cleo went on to become the No.1 selling women’s lifestyle magazine per capita in the world. She spent ten years with the publication before setting up a magazine consultancy business and taking on a new role as a radio show host.
After appearing on a range of TV shows – from Foxtel’s Beauty and the Beast to Seven’s The Morning Shift – Lisa finally got her ‘big break’ in 2007 when she became the new co-host of the Nine Network’s Today Show with Karl Stefanovic.
“I always come from an incredible place of gratitude,” said Lisa.
Listening to the little voices inside her head….
Deborah begins this video by asking Lisa what she has learnt about herself throughout her career.
“I discovered that I should listen to my inner voice. That I should trust myself,” said Lisa.
During the early days at the magazine, having that “very strong” intuitive voice gave Lisa an understanding of who to trust and what would appeal to the magazine audience.
Understanding the audience has always been important to Lisa who still finds herself asking “what I would I think about this if I was listening or watching or reading, or what’s the heart of this that makes me connect with this story.”
Deborah then presses Lisa about what makes people (women in particular) doubt themselves and their abilities and asks what they should do to “get over that bridge.”
In answering the question, Lisa recounts her time at school being bullied and what she did afterwards to start a new phase of her life.
“When I left school I really wanted to rewrite my version of who I was,” said Lisa.
Find out more about Lisa Wilkinson, her career, love and life all this week on Balance.
Lisa Wilkinson, co-host of the Nine Network’s TODAY Show, is one of Australia’s most admired and respected journalists and corporate presenters.
For the past two decades, she has successfully applied her journalistic talents to magazine publishing, television and radio. Her communication skills have also made her one of the country’s most sought-after corporate presenters and conference and event facilitators.
In recent years before her TODAY Show appointment, Lisa was co-host of the Seven Network’s top-rating Weekend Sunrise program where she was credited with attracting a new wave of viewers through her relaxed and informative presentation style.
Lisa’s media career got off to an astonishing start when she was appointed editor of the national women’s magazine Dolly at age 21.
Four years later, on the recommendation of the late Kerry Packer, Lisa was offered the editorship of Cleo. Over the next decade, she oversaw Cleo’s rapid circulation surge which resulted in a doubling of circulation and guiding it to the position of the No. 1 selling women’s lifestyle magazine per capita in the world. Later she became Cleo’s International Editor-in-Chief, running editions in NZ, Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand.