It’s not often you meet a journalist who can cover a political campaign trail as comfortably as they can cover the showbiz beat. But that’s Brooke Boney’s core VP. In January, Boney was announced as the Today Show’s new entertainment reporter, replacing veteran Richard Wilkins in a network shake-up of its breakfast staple.
When it comes to her work, Brooke Boney masterfully balances her trademark relaxed outward glow with an inward fierceness that was borne from a childhood of disadvantage. It’s that perfectly-pitched belly-fire which has shaped her poise and readiness in high-pressure live media environments.
Being thrown in the deep end – and thriving – has been a hallmark of her extraordinary career to date. Boney earned her big break on national youth radio station Triple J as the news presenter for Ben and Liam’s breakfast show. And it was also the platform where Nine Network management privately joined the throng of 18-24s to blind-audition Brooke Boney for one of the most highly-sought gigs in Australian television.
Boney’s passionate embrace of her Indigenous culture is uplifting. She’s igniting discussion around indigenous affairs and best of all, she’s doing it under the hopeful gaze of thousands of Indigenous youths across the country, who have someone to help them imagine themselves doing it too.
Brooke Boney’s Instagram feed projects a distinctly authentic, good human, ‘best mate’ vibe to her followers. Perhaps the most profound takeaway is that Brooke Boney stands out because she’s so awe-inspiringly content with being Brooke Boney.