Journalist, Author, TV Presenter and Radio Host
An accomplished and awarded journalist with nearly 30 years’ experience, Melissa Doyle is one of the best-known and trusted voices and faces in Australian media. Melissa is host and senior correspondent of Channel Seven’s flagship news and public affairs program, Sunday Night. She is also the weekend breakfast host for radio station Smooth FM. In 2014, Melissa won the Australian Commercial Radio award (ACRA) for Best Newcomer (Metro) and in 2018 Best Music Presenter (Metro).
In the 2016 Australia Day Honours List, Melissa was made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for her "significant service to the community through representational roles with a range of charitable groups, and to the broadcast media."
Melissa attended Charles Sturt University in Bathurst, graduating with a degree in Broadcast Journalism. In 1990, Melissa began her career as a television news reporter and weather presenter at WIN TV Canberra. Two years later she moved to the Prime Television newsroom in Canberra as a general reporter and newsreader. In 1995, Melissa joined Seven’s Canberra bureau at Parliament House as a political reporter, before moving to the Sydney newsroom as a general reporter.
Melissa became part of the Sunrise team in 1997 and co-hosted the breakfast program until August 2013, in that time growing the program and taking it to Number One nationally.
In 2013 she joined the Seven news team as both Presenter and senior Correspondant before moving full time as Senior Correspondant and Host of the network’s flagship national public affairs program, Sunday Night.
Throughout her career Melissa has covered some of the most significant news events of recent times including the Beaconsfield mine disaster, the Royal Weddings of Prince William and Catherine Middleton, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, Olympic Games in Sydney, Athens and Beijing, the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, the Queensland floods, Black Saturday Bushfires and multiple federal and state elections.
Melissa has been called on as live anchor for the network’s rolling coverage when news breaks, covering major news events including the release of Australian Schapelle Corby from prison in Indonesia, the election of Pope Francis, the inauguration of President Obama, the birth of Prince George, the Centenary of ANZAC commemorations in Gallipoli and the Lindt Café Siege in Sydney’s Martin Place.
Melissa and the Seven News team were recognised with the Silver Logie for the Most Outstanding News Coverage in 2015 for their coverage of the Lindt Cafe Seige. This was followed in November 2015 with a Walkley Award and three international Edward R. Murrow Awards.
Melissa has published two books, “The Working Mother’s Survival Guide” and a best selling memoir “Alphabet Soup”.
A multiple Silver Logie nominee as Most Popular Television Presenter, Melissa was voted one of the "most real celebrity mums" and regularly polls in the Top 50 of Reader's Digests annual list of Most Trusted Australians.