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Sharyn Ghidella

Sharyn Ghidella (born 1966) is an Australian journalist and news presenter.

Ghidella currently presents Seven News Brisbane with Bill McDonald from Sunday to Thursday and Today Tonight Queensland.


Ghidella's career in television began in the region, as a reporter and presenter for North Queensland Television (now Network Ten). She also produced and presented the regional weekly current affairs program, Newsweek. She moved to Brisbane to work with Network Ten's News division, before going to the Nine Network.

She spent her first three years at the Nine Network reporting for National Nine News, writing and presenting hourly news breaks. In the mid-1990s she began hosting Nine's Daybreak program, which was later renamed National Nine Early News. She took over from Peter Overton as anchor of National Nine Morning News in 2000, but later switched with Mark Ferguson who had taken over at 6am.

Returning to the early news meant she became a regular substitute host on Today filling in for anchor Tracy Grimshaw or news presenter Ian Ross. When Ross left the show in 2002, she became permanent news presenter — the first female morning show news presenter in Australia — and continued as fill in host for the show.

In February 2005, Leila McKinnon replaced Ghidella on Today. Ghidella moved to co-host National Nine Early News alongside Chris Smith and weather presenter Majella Wiemers this lasted until June 2005. Ghidella then moved back to her previous position as news presenter on Today while McKinnon moved to host National Nine Morning News.

Ghidella left Today and the Nine Network on 1 December 2006 with sources claiming she was upset as constantly being overlooked for other roles at National Nine News. Ghidella was replaced by National Nine Morning News presenter Georgie Gardner.

In 2007, she replaced Tracey Challenor on Seven News Brisbane as weekend presenter. In 2008, she replaced Talitha Cummins on Weekend Sunrise as news presenter, and remained in the position until late 2010.

In January 2013, Ghidella began presenting Seven News Brisbane from Sunday to Thursday with Bill McDonald and was also appointed presenter of Today Tonight Queensland.[1]

She has hosted events for Qantas, The Australian Grand Prix Corporation, The Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority, The Special Events Society, Shiseido, The Cairns Business Women's Association, The Cairns Amateurs, The Benevolent Society and ItalCommercio.

She regularly works with Meals on Wheels and is an ambassador for the Variety Clubs of Australia. She is also a supporter of the Humpty Dumpty Foundation and has lent a hand to the Prince of Wales Medical Research Institute and the Hope for the Children Foundation.

Personal life

Ghidella was born in Babinda, in Far North Queensland.

Sharyn and her partner freelance cameraman Paul Croll have two children, Austin (born 2007) and Darcy (born 2010).


Media offices
Preceded by
Peter Overton
National Nine Morning Edition News Presenter
1999 - 2001
Succeeded by
Kim Watkins
Preceded by
Mark Ferguson/Anna Coren
National Nine Early News
Presenter with Chris Smith

February 2005 - June 2005
Succeeded by
Amber Sherlock
Preceded by
Ian Ross
News Presenter

2001 - 2006
Succeeded by
Georgie Gardner
Preceded by
Tracey Challenor
Seven News Brisbane
Weekend Presenter

February 2007- December 2012
Succeeded by
Kay McGrath & Rod Young
Preceded by
Talitha Cummins
Weekend Sunrise
Sunday News Presenter

2008 - 2010
Succeeded by
Jessica Rowe
Preceded by
Kay McGrath & Rod Young
Seven News Brisbane
Presenter with Bill McDonald

January 2013-
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Matt White (East Coast Edition)
Today Tonight Queensland

January 2013-
Succeeded by
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