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Paul Bongiorno is an Australian political journalist and commentator. In the January 2014 Australia Day Honours List, Bongiorno was made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) “for significant service to the print and broadcast media as a journalist, political commentator and editor.”
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Paul Damian Bongiorno AM was born in 1944 (age 79 years) in Ballarat, Victoria, Australia. He was educated by the Christian Brothers at St Patrick’s College and Drummond Street in Ballarat. He holds a master’s degree in theology from the Pontifical Urban University in Rome.
Bongiorno told ABC radio in 2015: “I was inspired by what I heard and by the lives of men—both priests and brothers—by the ideals and the values that they had in terms of social justice and human welfare and well-being and belief in God, to go off and become a Catholic priest.” Bongiorno later worked as a Catholic priest.
Paul Bongiorno began his career in television at the Seven Network in Melbourne in 1974, moved to WIN TV in Wollongong later that ye ar, then moved to Network Ten in Brisbane in 1978 as a reporter and, for a time, a weather presenter.
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Bongiorno won four Walkley Awards for investigative journalism in Brisbane as well as reporting on state politics and writing for The Bulletin magazine. He has been with Network Ten’s Canberra bureau since 1988. In November 2010, he was appointed national affairs editor for Ten News with Hugh Riminton, now the political editor and bureau chief in Canberra.
He regularly appeared on Ten’s news and weekday programs as a veteran political broadcaster. He is also a regular commentator on the radio. Bongiorno hosted Ten’s national Sunday morning show, Meet the Press, from 1996 until 2012.
In June 2014, Paul Bongiorno took voluntary redundancy from Network Ten. In August of that year, he became a regular contributor to The Saturday Paper. Bongiorno is a regular contributor on ABC Radio National Breakfast and the national newspaper The Saturday Paper.
He describes Sir John Kerr (the Governor-General who sacked Labor Prime Minister Gough Whitlam) as a “venal deceptive man”, and the senior judges who advised him as “lacking moral compass”. He believes the reserve powers of the governor-general should be scrapped.
Paul Bongiorno likened the conservative Liberal-National Abbott Government to a “dictatorship” on Radio National. He describes Tony Abbott as “famous for saying the exact opposite of what reality is”. He describes Liberal Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull as the “best thing [the Liberal-National Party Coalition] has going for it”.
In a 2018 tweet, Bongiorno, then an ABC radio political correspondent, defended the number of left commentators on ABC and criticized Sky News for having too many conservatives by tweeting that the National Broadcaster had as many “lefties”as there are “righties” on Sky “after dark panels and that includes ‘Uncle Tom’ lefties craving relevance.”
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Aboriginal Sky News commentator and former Labor Party president Warren Mundine objected to the use of the racist epithet “Uncle Tom,” and called ABC “hypocritical and disgraceful” for not criticizing the remark.
Paul Bongiorno is currently married to Judith Moran, they had their wedding in Australia. His wife is a private person and together they have two daughters. He is also a second cousin of Bernard Bongiorno, a former justice of the Supreme Court of Victoria. As of April 2023, Paul and his wife Judith Moran are still married.
Paul Bongiorno net worth
How much is Paul Bongiorno worth? Paul Bongiorno net worth is estimated at around $3 million. His main source of income is from his primary work as a journalist and commentator. Paul Bongiorno’s average salary per month and other career earnings are over $380,000 dollars annually. His remarkable achievements have earned him some luxurious lifestyles and some fancy car trips. He is one of the richest and most influential journalists in Australia. He stands at an appealing height of 1.75m and has a good body weight which suits his personality.