MC, Facilitator, Debater & Keynote Speaker
Libbi Gorr is one of Australia’s finest live hosts and broadcasters. Warm, witty and smart, she has an exceptional ability to entertain, inspire, challenge and motivate, bringing a unique blend of journalism and humorous observation to all her work, all sharpened with her incisive law trained brain.
Overwhelmingly her voice is encouraging and empowering. She is a bold and beautiful storyteller across screen, audio and live stage platforms. Libbi is a talent who creates her own work as well, and an agile presenter who can do humour pathos, empathy sass gravitas and beyond without a crunch of the emotional gears.
Libbi is a key member of the new ground-breaking DISRUPT RADIO brand, which commences streaming through Digital radio to Melbourne Sydney and Brisbane, and across Australia on the internet, in the second half of 2023. This comes off the back of hosting live shows to packed houses across Australia and New Zealand with acclaimed fast 800 medico Michael Mosely and his GP wife Claire Bailey, of Fast 800 cookbook fame. Libbi kicked off the year with her BOLD CONVERSATIONS series at Melbourne’s prestigious Malthouse Outdoor Theatre, offering live discussions under the stars about pressing social issues of our time with humour, diversity and perceptiveness.
In fact, since first bursting onto TV screens as Elle McFeast alongside Andrew Denton in Live and Sweaty in 1991, Libbi has created a huge and innovative portfolio of work like no other. Not only did Libbi become Australia’s first solo late night TV host, with Live and Sweaty, McFeast Live from the Bowels of Parliament House and she also produced an impressive array of quality award-winning programs including: Breasts, Sex Guys and Videotape, The Whitlam Dismissal (all ABC), What Women Want (Channel 10) and The IF Awards (SBS).
Post McFeast, Libbi has been admired and followed in her broadcasting work in radio and on television on a national level with legions of fans. On ABC Radio Melbourne, Libbi presented “This Weekend Life”, a set of weekend programs reflecting current news and social analysis, with an emphasis upon relationships, wellbeing, social change and the complexities of human nature. Her light touch with difficult issues – particularly pertaining to work, family and drive for success – is steeped with heart, humour and insight.
Libbi in demand by the BBC for both their domestic and international channels on both Radio and television, to connect the world to the Australian and Melbourne experience. This all kicked off during COVID times and has continued to this day. She has appeared on the iconic BBC Breakfast show four times now in this capacity, as well as BBC World News and BBC Scotland’s Good Morning Scotland and The Lunch Time Live Radio Program and is a regular on the Jeremy Vine Show BBC2.
At home in Australia, in 2019 Libbi travelled to the Northern Territory to make reports for the ABC Remote Communities program and was featured on ABC News and ABC news Breakfast with that three story slate. Libbi also filed reports for the ABC TV flagship current affairs program 7.30 across 2015 – 2018.
So there is both a sense of history and a trailblazing angle to Libbi’s work still, as she turns her gaze to contemporary issues, mindsets and people, with the respect and wisdom of someone who has built a career in a public life. Politics, Sport, People, Arts, Family Issues, Health Wellness, Business and Leadership are all areas Libbi has immersed herself within.
Libbi Gorr graduated from Melbourne University Law School in 1987 and in recent years she has studied fine arts and philosophy. Her first book, Mummy Manners (an etiquette guide for managing other children’s mothers and assorted Mummy dilemmas) was published by Harper Collins in 2011 and her second book, Bedtime Poems for Edible Children, was published in August 2012.
The crew loved Libbi and she did indeed set the tone for what turned out to be a very happy and vibrant event. People were so joyous to be back together and Libbi made them laugh loud and express their joy right from the get go.
Just a brief note from me to express my personal thanks to you for acting as the MC for the VIP Event celebrating the 30th Anniversary of Courage to Care. It was a very successful function, your relaxed style contributed greatly to the evening.
-Courage to Care
Libbi Gorr is the consummate professional. She has this great ability to bring the whole room into the evening and create a sense of inclusivity, interest, intelligence, and really great fun. There is no doubt that Libbi is a major part of making our events so successful and popular.
-Epworth Medical Foundation & Brand
The Jreissati Family Pancreatic Centre dinner was a wonderful night (and a long time coming!!). Guests were thrilled to be there and to hear about the centre’s work, only launching in February last year. Libbi did a magnificent job at addressing the serious topics, while managing to keep things light, fun and engaging, noting how tragic pancreatic cancer is as a disease. She was also fantastic at leading the panel segment and asking questions that those in the audience may not have been comfortable asking. Epworth Medical Foundation, Epworth HealthCare
-Epworth Medical Foundation, Epworth HealthCare
Libbi, thank you for the most enjoyable lunch yesterday. Thanks for the enthusiasm and the insight that you brought to the discussion and thank you for the wonderful way that you managed to drive the discussion. Feedback has been just gorgeous and interest in support (from the place cards) is brilliant, so thank you again for bringing such beautiful energy to the event and the conversation we are very grateful.
-Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute
Everyone had great things to say about Libbi’s presentation…. Very engaging, interesting, good stories and fun as well…also stayed around chatted to everyone.
-Kew Junction Business Association
What a fantastic International Women’s Day dinner with Libbi Gorr hosted by the Kew Junction Business Association at the Postmaster Hotel. Wow, did Libbi, a past MLC Kew girl light up the room, hilarious authentic observations of life, reflections of society that made our poor male bar tenders wince…
-City of Boroondara
Libbi Gorr recently spoke at our 2022 International Women’s Day function, she was a fantastic addition to our event, she was interesting and interested in us and our Organisation. She was engaging and included all members of the audience from the men to the younger women in attendance. Libbi was very accommodating and gave freely of her time, she was involved and happy to talk to people, have photos taken and take them herself, giving instructions which were very useful. I find myself saying “Libbi said to do it this way!!” She made notes and referred to the Zonta Club and Melton in her address, she also commented on the achievements of our Woman of Note. Libbi was so easy to talk to and made everyone at ease instantly, a real pleasure and joy to meet her. Thank you.
-Zonta Club of Melton
What can I say…what an incredible event. Thank you so much for your involvement in our International Women’s Day celebrations at Austin Health. We have received wonderful feedback from across the organisation and can’t thank you enough for helping us bring this event to life. You have an incredible connection with people. The way you framed up our event and the conversation you had with our award recipients was fabulous. Each and every one of our award recipients were able to be honest and authentic in their responses and wow, what an impact that had! From the minute we first spoke, the whole planning of the event was just seamless. Once again, my sincere thanks again to you Libbi – I hope we get to work with you again in the future.