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From Screen to Stage: 20 Australian TV Presenters Turned Inspirational Speakers



Embark on a journey through the diverse and captivating world of inspiration with our series spotlighting 20 Australian inspirational speakers from various walks of life. From the thrill-seekers and adventurers who have conquered the world's most challenging terrains to the astute politicians shaping the nation's destiny, and the creative minds who weave stories and melodies, this series showcases the voices that have the power to motivate, uplift, and ignite change. Whether they've soared to great heights, dived into the depths, or navigated the complexities of their fields, these speakers bring a wealth of experiences that transcend their individual realms. Join us as we delve into the stories of 20 remarkable individuals in each category, discovering the wisdom they share and the impact they've made on the world around them.


This is part 4 of a 20-part series

  1. 20 Australian inspirational speakers who were adventurers.
  2. 20 Australian inspirational speakers who were politicians.
  3. 20 Australian inspirational speakers who were writers.
  4. 20 Australian inspirational speakers who were TV presenters.
  5. 20 Australian inspirational speakers who were movie stars.
  6. 20 Australian inspirational speakers who were swimmers.
  7. 20 Australian inspirational speakers who were scientists.
  8. 20 Australian inspirational speakers who were teachers.
  9. 20 Australian inspirational speakers who were surfers.
  10. 20 Australian inspirational speakers who were doctors.
  11. 20 Australian inspirational speakers who were Olympians.
  12. 20 Australian inspirational speakers who were musicians.
  13. 20 Australian inspirational speakers who were lawyers.
  14. 20 Australian inspirational speakers who were pilots.
  15. 20 Australian inspirational speakers who were footballers
  16. 20 Australian inspirational speakers who were cricketers.
  17. 20 Australian inspirational speakers who were military.
  18. 20 Australian inspirational speakers who were farmers.
  19. 20 Australian inspirational speakers who were sailors.
  20. 20 Australian inspirational speakers who were CEOs.



As we conclude this series, we've had the privilege of exploring the narratives of 20 outstanding Australian inspirational speakers in each category, each a testament to the vast reservoir of talent, resilience, and wisdom within the nation. From the daring adventurers who embraced the unknown to the influential politicians shaping policies and perspectives, the imaginative writers and storytellers who crafted worlds with their words, to the charismatic TV presenters and movie stars who graced our screens, these individuals have left an indelible mark on their respective fields.

We've dived into the world of swimmers who conquered waves, scientists who unraveled mysteries, teachers who shaped minds, surfers who rode the tides, and doctors who mended bodies. We've celebrated the Olympians who exemplified excellence, musicians who struck chords with our souls, lawyers who championed justice, and pilots who soared through the skies. The footballers and cricketers who scored victories on the field, the military figures and farmers who served and cultivated, and the sailors who navigated uncharted waters—all have shared their stories, their triumphs, and the lessons learned along the way.

And finally, we've heard from the CEOs who led with vision, turning companies into success stories. As we conclude, let these stories resonate, serving as beacons of inspiration, reminding us of the power within each individual to create change, overcome challenges, and inspire others to reach new heights. The journey doesn't end here; rather, it continues with the echoes of these speakers' voices, guiding us toward a future full of possibility and promise.



Australia has been home to charismatic and influential television presenters who, beyond their roles on the small screen, have embraced the challenge of inspiring and motivating audiences through live presentations. These individuals have seamlessly transitioned from delivering news or entertaining segments to sharing powerful messages on stages around the country. Here, we present 20 Australian TV presenters who have become inspirational speakers, captivating audiences with their stories, insights, and words of wisdom.

  1. Lisa Wilkinson:

    • TV Legacy: Co-host of "The Project" and former co-host of "Today."
    • Inspirational Focus: Gender equality, media, and career resilience.
  2. Waleed Aly:

    • TV Legacy: Co-host of "The Project" and academic.
    • Inspirational Focus: Social justice, multiculturalism, and critical thinking.
  3. Jessica Rowe:

    • TV Legacy: Former co-host of "Studio 10" and "Today."
    • Inspirational Focus: Mental health advocacy, motherhood, and resilience.
  4. Andrew Denton:

    • TV Legacy: Host of "Enough Rope" and founder of Go Gentle Australia.
    • Inspirational Focus: End-of-life choices, empathy, and meaningful conversations.
  5. Carrie Bickmore:

    • TV Legacy: Host of "The Project."
    • Inspirational Focus: Brain cancer awareness, women in media, and philanthropy.
  6. Karl Stefanovic:

    • TV Legacy: Former co-host of "Today."
    • Inspirational Focus: Media scrutiny, mental health, and personal development.
  7. Chrissie Swan:

    • TV Legacy: Co-host of "The Project" and radio personality.
    • Inspirational Focus: Body positivity, motherhood, and embracing imperfections.
  8. Stan Grant:

    • TV Legacy: Journalist, presenter, and author.
    • Inspirational Focus: Indigenous rights, storytelling, and cultural understanding.
  9. Tracey Spicer:

    • TV Legacy: Journalist and former news anchor.
    • Inspirational Focus: Women in media, #MeToo movement, and gender equality.
  10. Osher Günsberg:

    • TV Legacy: Host of "The Bachelor" and "The Bachelorette."
    • Inspirational Focus: Mental health, mindfulness, and personal growth.
  11. Leigh Sales:

    • TV Legacy: Host of "7.30" on ABC.
    • Inspirational Focus: Journalism ethics, leadership, and current affairs.
  12. Peter Hitchener:

    • TV Legacy: Long-time news presenter on Nine News Melbourne.
    • Inspirational Focus: Media professionalism, community engagement, and positivity.
  13. Amanda Keller:

    • TV Legacy: Co-host of "The Living Room" and radio personality.
    • Inspirational Focus: Entertainment, humor, and the joy of everyday life.
  14. David Koch:

    • TV Legacy: Co-host of "Sunrise" and finance expert.
    • Inspirational Focus: Financial literacy, business success, and leadership.
  15. Chris Bath:

    • TV Legacy: Former news anchor and presenter.
    • Inspirational Focus: Resilience, storytelling, and the power of communication.
  16. Ray Martin:

    • TV Legacy: Iconic Australian journalist and former host of "A Current Affair."
    • Inspirational Focus: Journalism, storytelling, and the evolving media landscape.
  17. Kerri-Anne Kennerley:

    • TV Legacy: Long-time television personality and presenter.
    • Inspirational Focus: Entertainment industry insights, resilience, and reinvention.
  18. Steve Irwin (posthumous):

    • TV Legacy: Renowned wildlife presenter on "The Crocodile Hunter."
    • Inspirational Focus: Wildlife conservation, environmental awareness, and passion for life.
  19. Deborah Hutton:

    • TV Legacy: Former host of "Location, Location, Location" and lifestyle presenter.
    • Inspirational Focus: Aging with grace, reinvention, and wellness.
  20. Mike Munro:

    • TV Legacy: Veteran news presenter and journalist.
    • Inspirational Focus: Media integrity, mental health awareness, and storytelling.


These 20 Australian TV presenters turned inspirational speakers have seamlessly transitioned from the television screen to live stages, bringing their charisma, insights, and unique perspectives to audiences seeking motivation and inspiration. Beyond their roles as presenters, they have become storytellers, advocates, and influencers, using their platforms to address important issues, share personal experiences, and uplift those who listen to their powerful messages. From journalism ethics to mental health advocacy, their diverse topics reflect the depth of their experiences and the impact they continue to have on the broader Australian community.


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 Through a telescopic sight as an army sniper. Through the TV lens as a globe-trotting cameraman for ABCTV, National Geographic and BBC. Through smoke and mirrors as a professional magician. He has learned from Sir Edmund Hillary, Elon Musk, death row inmates and space shuttle pilots. He's traveled far but his longest journeys have been from behind the camera to in front of it. From stutterer to professional speaker. From shy to shine.