Journalist, political commentator and TV presenter
Joe Hildebrand is a journalist and columnist for The Daily Telegraph, Sydney's biggest newspaper, where he is currently Opinion and Inside Edition editor. His satirical columns and blogs have earned him plenty of fans who enjoy his humorous approach.
In 2012 Joe was the host of the provocative ABC2 flagship TV series Dumb, Drunk and Racist. The highest rating Australian program in the history of ABC2, the series followed Hildebrand and four Indian travelers around Australia to test whether the popular Indian perception of Australians as stupid, intoxicated bigots was correct.
Joe is also a regular commentator on the ABC (Q&A, The Drum), Seven Network (Sunrise, The Morning Show), Network Ten (The Project), Sky News (PM Live) and a host of radio stations, including 2GB, 4BC and ABC.
Previously a prominent political reporter for the Telegraph, Joe Hildebrand was the only journalist to follow Kevin Rudd on his "fork in the road" tour, covering his 2007 election win from start to finish. Joe worked for several years in the NSW parliamentary press gallery, resulting in close personal and professional relationships with senior figures on both sides of politics.
Prior to joining the Telegraph, he was NSW political correspondent for Australian Associated Press and also worked for a time in London for the Press Association.
Joe Hildebrand is a Walkley finalist (receiving two commendations), a News Award winner and frequent Walkley judge. He was recently named one of the top ten most influential Australians on Twitter.
He is also the co-creator and co-author of the upcoming political satire The Campaign, an 8-part series currently in development.
He has been a full-time professional journalist since coming to Sydney in 2000.