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Jillian Whiting Biography

A Queenslander through and through, Jillian was born in Mackay in the state’s north, before moving to Brisbane to attend high school.

Her childhood dream of becoming a writer and reporter was realised soon after graduating from the University of Queensland with a double degree in Journalism. In 1991 Jillian launched her TV career in Channel Seven’s Brisbane newsroom.

In 1996, Jillian made the move to Channel Nine, as a reporter and newsreader. She teamed with Bruce Paige in 2001 to present the state’s top rating 6pm news bulletin, and was in the chair for the “story of our generation“, the September 11 terrorist attacks.

After starting a family, Jillian moved to take up hosting the long running Queensland public affairs show, “Extra“ in 2006, as well as Nine’s Gold Coast news bulletin.

Jillian Whiting

With 2 young daughters, Jillian made the biggest change in her career in 2009, returning to Channel Seven to take up the dream role as a presenter with the enormously successful travel show, “Queensland Weekender”. She’s thriving in this exciting new job, tackling everything from hiking to diving, surfing and horse-riding adventures in the outback.

The corporate suits, though, weren’t retired; and in 2010 and 2011 Jillian was called on to present Channel Seven’s Queensland bulletin and the national news on “Weekend Sunrise”.

Jillian firmly believes in professional diversity; and alongside presenting the news, she has also compered fashion shows, sporting parades and countless interviews, live on television.

She’s now expanding her media interests, with roles as a presenter on talk radio 4BC, and a contributor and columnist for The Courier Mail.

Jillian is also a very poised and polished MC, often requested to host fundraisers and corporate events, including a long standing 7 year relationship with “Business Chicks”, a national networking group.

Her extensive experience and high profile has now led to a new role as media consultant, working with businesses and individuals in media training and PR to create an effective media plan. Since 2010 Jillian has been helping shape the next generation of TV presenters at “Media Potential”, conducting media training with everyone from high school students to corporates.

Jillian has now established her own media consulting business, in partnership with former television executive, Karryn Wheelans.

Surviving two decades in a notoriously unpredictable business is a source of pride for Jillian who continues to adapt to this dynamic industry.

There’s no question though when it comes to nominating a highlight, Jillian says her biggest success has been balancing a media career and young family. She’s married with 2 daughters, Harper and Josephine.