Brooke Boney is TODAY’s Entertainment Presenter for the Nine Network. With a background in political journalism, having previously worked for National Indigenous Television (NITV), SBS and the ABC, Brooke joined the TODAY Show in 2019after her role as Triple J’s weekday morning news presenter.
Growing up in Muswellbrook in the NSW Hunter Region with her mum and five younger brothers and sisters, she caught the media bug early in life, volunteering in community radio while in high school. After leaving school, she worked as an advertising cadet at the Australian Financial Review before leaving to complete a journalism degree.
She attended Sydney’s University of Technology where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Communications, majoring in Journalism. While at university she produced the morning Backchat program on Sydney’s Koori Radio before going to class, then did an internship at the ABC in the afternoons.
Before graduating, Boney scored a job as apolitical correspondent for NITV in the press gallery at Parliament House in 2013, arriving the same week Kevin Rudd deposed Julia Gillard. She then went on to report on the federal election campaign. She then crossed over to radio in 2016 with the ABC and became a fan favourite as Triple J’s breakfast show newsreader.
Towards the end of her news reading stint on Triple J, Boney garnered a lot of interest after opening her bulletins by saying ‘Yaama’–the word for “hello” in Gamilaroi, the Indigenous language of Northern NSW.
She has been at the forefront of youth culture since she began working in media in 2010, and as a proud Gamilaroi woman–has written a lot about what it’s like to bean Aboriginal person in Australia.
Her early role as Entertainment Presenter for TODAY included a stint in Los Angeles in early 2020 just before the pandemic hit to report on the Awards season, where she also covered the death of basketball icon Kobe Bryant.
The last two years may have restricted the amount of red carpet premieres Brooke has attended, but she has virtually interviewed some of the biggest names in entertainment, is a columnist for Sunday Life, has hosted and presented on the 2021 and 2022 ARIA Awards Nominations and Awards and has co-hosted the popular podcast The Dream Club with friend Linda Marigliano.