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Bongiorno AM

Four-time Walkley Award-winning political journalist.


One of Australia's most trusted, experienced and respected political journalists, Paul has been a key part of Network Ten for more than 35 years and is also a veteran member of the Canberra Press Gallery, celebrating 25 years with the gallery this year.

Current work

Paul Bongiorno is Network Ten's National Affairs Editor, a position he holds after handing the reins of the Parliament House Bureau in Canberra to Hugh Riminton. From 1991 till 2010 he was Bureau Chief and Political Editor.

Previous experience

Radio: He is also a regular political commentator on the ABC's Radio National Breakfast program with Fran Kelly, and has a weekly segment on ABC 702's morning program in Sydney.

Interviews: During his role as host of Meet The Press from 1996 to 2012, Paul regularly interviewed politicians including Australia's Prime Ministers and Opposition Leaders. His most memorable interview was with Pauline Hanson during her time as leader of the One Nation Party. Ms Hanson insisted her then adviser, David Oldfield, join her on set. Mr Oldfield took umbrage at being ignored during the first segment of the interview and threatened to shut it down.

TV: Before making the move to the nation's capital in 1987, Paul covered state politics for Network Ten in Brisbane. It was there he established his reputation as an exceptional investigative journalist, winning four coveted Walkley Awards.

Paul's television career began in 1974 with Seven Network in Melbourne. He then moved to WIN TV Wollongong, before joining Network Ten in 1978.

Education: He holds a Master's Degree in Theology from the Pontifical Urban University in Rome.

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