Lynda’s passion for journalism began fresh out of highschool at the age of 18.
She studied Journalism and majored in Law at the University of Technology, Sydney. During first year university she undertook internships at Channel Ten and the Hill Shire Times and by second year was hired by the Seven Network as a political researcher.
Following the 2003 NSW state election Lynda was recruited from News to Sunrise working as a junior producer on the graveyard shifts.Today Tonight stories from reporter Lynda Kinkade
Upon completing her degree she moved from Sunrise to NBN working as a roving reporter in Newcastle, Lismore and Tweed Heads
Channel 9 offered her a job 12 months later as an assistant Chief of Staff. Lynda went on to become a producer and then reporter on the Today Show, 11am news, 4.30news and 6pm bulletin. Lynda also presented weekend news for the Nine Network on the Qantas inflight news, sport and weather.
During four and a half years at Nine Lynda assisted on the coverage of the Bali bombings, the Boxing Day Tsunami, and the Sea King helicopter disaster from the news room. On the road she reported on a range of issues from politics and health to education and entertainment; interviewing an array of people from former Prime Minister John Howard to actress Cameron Diaz.
Since rejoining Channel 7 Lynda has been based in Melbourne and has covered a variety of stories including the devastating Black Saturday Bushfires, the Australian Open Tennis and the Logies.Her expose on the Rudd Government’s Insulation Scandal revealed children as young as three installing insulation batts in homes. That story was raised in Federal Parliament the next day and the Government Program was immediately suspended. It was the final straw following four deaths and 120 house fires.
Her investigation in the Emission Trading Scheme revealed a major loophole – households investing in green energy were essentially reducing the emission cuts required by big polluters. After the story went to air the Climate Change Minister announced an inquiry into the level of payments to polluters embedded within the ETS. That scheme has since been shelved.Recently Lynda travelled to Los Angeles to cover the G’day USA tourism campaign interviewing John Travolta, Jennifer Hawkins and Toni Collette.
Reporting on the fundraising appeals for the Haiti earthquake disaster, Lynda interviewed singer Paula Abdul and the Duchess of York, Sarah Ferguson.
Lynda loves travelling, going to the beach, theatre, kayaking, hosting events, cooking for friends and spending time with her family.This reporter is on Twitter at @LyndaKinkade