Geraldine Doogue, AO, Patron
Whilst originally planning a career as a schoolteacher after completing her Arts degree, in 1972 Geraldine applied on an impulse for a journalism cadetship with The West Australian instead.
Her entrance into television was unexpected. Whilst covering a story for The Australian, an ABC Television reporter interviewed her for a Four Corners program. When the head office executives saw the interview, they were so impressed with her on-camera presence that they offered Geraldine the Perth compere's position for the ABC Television's new program.
She soon moved to Sydney to host the NSW edition of the program and established herself as one of the most respected and popular personalities on national television. Geraldine worked for a time on commercial radio with 2UE and on commercial television, co-presenting Channel 10's main news bulletin, before returning to the ABC in 1990.
She played a major role in ABC TV's coverage of the Gulf War. During this period Geraldine was awarded two Penguin Awards and a United Nations Media Peace Prize.
In 1992 Geraldine began presenting Life Matters, a new ABC Radio National program. In 1998, she also became host of ABC TV's Compass program. After 11 years with Life Matters, she moved to Saturday mornings to host a program focusing on international politics, Australia's role on the world stage, and business.
In 2000 Geraldine was awarded a Churchill Fellowship for social and cultural reporting. In 2003, she was recognised with an Officer of the Order of Australia for services to the community and media.
Geraldine is married with two children and two step-children.