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. Since then she has thrived on that impulsive decision.
Within the first ten years of her career, Geraldine had carved out a reputation in print, television and radio, including two years at the London Bureau working for the Murdoch group's Australian papers.
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 ABC Television's then new program Nationwide.
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 then 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 which set out to cover the full gamut of social issues in everyday life. In 1998, she also became host of ABC TV's Compass program, which looks at issues of spirituality, philosophy and belief every Sunday evening. 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, called Saturday Extra.
In 2000 Geraldine was awarded a Churchill Fellowship for social and cultural reporting. In 2003, she was recognised with an Officer in the Order of Australia for services to the community and media.
She is married with two children and two step-children.
Client Comments for Geraldine Doogue
Geraldine Doogue travels from New South Wales Australia
- Geraldine Doogue was great - she was professional, articulate and engaging. As we had a very tight program we had asked Geraldine to ensure that speakers kept to their allocated time, she did this in a direct but very professional way. Being master of ceremonies is a challenging job because you have to be across everything, Geraldine did it very well.
- Geraldine's enthusiasm and knowledge were very evident. She added great value to our conference.
Australian Human Resources Institute
- Well prepared, natural presenter, excellent communicator. Thought provoking and stimulating.
Catholic Education Office
- Ms Doogue's presentation was well researched, personable in presentation and relevant to both audience and themes and objectives of the NSW Telehealth Symposium.
Telehealth Initiative NSW Dept of Health
- Discussion of Australia’s place in our region… and the vital need for friendships to develop between Australians and others
- Making sense of some of the bigger issues that swirl around the community - social cohesion, fairness within communities and the politics of change
- My career - the ups and the downs, complete with some laughs
- Relationships - An International Business Success Story
- Social Issues and Their Relevance to Bottom Line Performance
- The Workplace – Keeping the “Too Hard Basket” Empty
"Great staff and service. Appreciated the support in negotiating a fee within our budget and the opportunity to speak to the presenter directly. We mucked around a bit with the date and time and your patience with this was appreciated also."
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