Virginia Trioli is the Co-host of ABC TV's News Breakfast, a program that is strong in news, conversations, and the issues of the day - with a healthy dose of traditional Australian larrikinism thrown in.
A two-time Walkley Award winner, Virginia joined 774 in 2001 from the Bulletin, Australia's oldest weekly news magazine. For nine years before that she was a news reporter, features writer, assistant news editor and columnist with The Age newspaper in Melbourne, establishing a reputation as a strong independent voice on politics, social issues and the arts.
An honours graduate in Fine Arts of the University of Melbourne and La Trobe University, she did post-graduate studies at New York University from 1993, 1994, while reporting from New York for The Age and occasionally ABC Radio.
Virginia is the author of 'Generation F: Sex, Power and the Young Feminist' published in 1996, a riposte to Helen Garner's 'First Stone', as well as numerous columns, articles and comment pieces published in Australia and magazines abroad.
In 1995 she won Australian journalism's highest honour, the Walkley Award, for her business reporting, and in 1999 won the Melbourne Press Club's Best Columnist award, The Quill. In 2001 she again won a Walkley Award for her interview with former Defence minister Peter Reith over the notorious Children Overboard issue.
In 2002 Virginia went to New York with ABC Radio PM’s Mark Colvin to co-host the ABC’s coverage of the first anniversary commemoration of the September 11 attack on the World Trade Centre.
Virginia appears regularly on ABC TV’s “Insiders” analysing federal politics and is a frequent lecturer and public speaker.
Virginia is also an experienced Master of Ceremonies and Facilitator of forums and hypothetical. Virginia spends her off-air time lurking in her garden, the family kitchen, at the Victoria Market and at the movies.
Virginia is always a consummate professional. She is an excellent facilitator who manages participants and audiences well, allowing people to share their views without letting them go off on tangents. She is highly engaging and entertaining.
Transport Accident Commission
Virginia is a warm, entertaining and knowledgeable host who quickly builds rapport with her audience.
Virginia was a wonderful facilitator and held the panel discussion with great insights, knowledge and key questions to the speakers. She managed the hypothetical with respect but also great humour. We were very pleased with Virginia and would love to work with her again.
City of Melbourne
Virginia was the consummate professional. She ran a tight ship, kept us ahead of time, was on point, funny and appropriate in every respect. Her interaction with us - the Institute team - was relaxed, personable and cooperative. She was a joy to work with and we’re more than happy. Please pass on our regards and deepest thanks.
Australian Institute of Architects
An outstanding MC and facilitator who helped drive conversation and discussion over the two day forum.