Jennifer Keyte is the weekend news presenter for 7 News in Melbourne.
She’s an accomplished journalist, newsreader, presenter, MC and guest speaker, and she brings sophistication and class to all her roles.
After beginning an Arts Degree at La Trobe University Jennifer realised her passion lay in journalism and she accepted a cadetship with radio station EON-FM in 1980.
In a matter of months she had been graded as a journalist and moved on to 3XY where she worked as a reporter and wrote and read news bulletins.
In 1982 Jennifer made the move from radio to television, joining Network Ten.
Here Jennifer gained invaluable experience working in all major areas of journalism including state politics, crime, courts and general news.
Thereafter Jennifer was given the opportunity to write and present news bulletins, beginning with the early morning program, Good Morning Australia.
It wasn't long before Jennifer was regularly presenting the weekend news. Jennifer joined the Seven Network in 1987 to co-anchor the main evening news bulletin alongside Glenn Taylor.
In 1990 she became the first woman to host a primetime news bulletin solo on commercial TV in Australia.
Jennifer also presented the news on the 'Tonight Live' program with Steve Vizard.
The success continued until Jennifer decided to leave the Seven Network. In 1996 Jennifer hosted Good Medicine and a one off series Moment of Truth along with hosting various specials. Seven and half years later, in August 2003, Jennifer returned to the news desk at Seven Melbourne to take up the position of Weekend Newsreader.
Jennifer described the move as a wonderful homecoming͟ and that she never lost her passion for news. Its in your blood, I have to say I found it very hard watching big stories break on the TV.
I wanted desperately to be part of it again. It just bubbles away inside you͟.
Many familiar faces around the Seven Newsroom felt the same, with the studio crew draping the room with streamers on Jennifer’s first trial run at the Seven News desk, many of whom had worked along side Jennifer during the 80s and early 90s.
In 2004, Jennifer also hosted Seven’s reality series Medical Rookies, a program that followed the country’s newest doctors on their first days on the job.
Jennifer was proud to receive the 2009 Walkley Award for Television News Reporting on behalf of the Seven News Melbourne team, for their coverage of the Black Saturday bushfires.
In 2010, Jennifer also accepted a Logie awarded to Seven News for the Most Outstanding News Coverage, Victorian Bushfires.
When the opportunity allows, Jennifer is a keen theatre goer, a passionate Essendon supporter and enjoys travel, cycling, walking and reading.
Jennifer is committed to contributing to society and gives her time in her chosen charities Royal Women's Hospital and Breast Cancer Institute of Australia.
She is also a World Vision sponsor.
Jennifer has also assumed the role of Patron of the Good Friday Appeal, a role she feels excited and privileged to hold.
Jennifer has two sons – James and Alexander.