Sharyn Ghidella

Sharyn Ghidella, Australian journalist and news presenter was born in 1966 at Babinda, Queensland, Australia. She graduated with a degree in communication from Queensland University of Technology at Brisbane, in 1986. Ghidella was the only student to graduate with a distinction grade in the subject.

Ghidella started her television career as a presenter for the then North Queensland Television, now known as Network Ten. She was producer and presenter of Newsweek, a regional weekly current affairs program. She then moved to Nine Network, a news division of Network Ten. At Brisbane’s Nine Network, she wrote and presented hourly news breaks for National Nine News for three years. In the mid 1990s, she anchored the Nine’s Daybreak program, later known as National Nine Early News. In 2000, she anchored National Nine Morning News. In 2002, the news presenter Ian Ross left the show ‘Today’ and Ghidella became a permanent news presenter.

She was the first lady morning show news presenter in Australia. In February 2005, she moved to National Nine Early News as co-anchor with Chris Smith. In June, the same year, she returned to ‘Today’’ as a news presenter. In December 2006, she moved out of ‘Today’ claiming she was constantly overlooked for other roles. The next two years saw her as a news presenter on Seven News Brisbane, and on Weekend Sunrise till late 2010. Since January 2013 Ghidella is the presenter of Seven News Brisbane with Bill McDonald from Sunday to Thursday. She is also the anchor of the TV shows Today Tonight and Sunrise.

In her capacity as a journalist and television reporter, she has hosted numerous events such as The Australian Grand Prix Corporation, Qantas, The Sydney Harbor Foreshore Authority, The Cairns Women’s Association, The Cairns Amateurs, The Special Events Society, Shiseido, The Benevolent Society and ItalCommercio. Ghidella is an ambassador for Variety Clubs of Australia, supporter of the Humpty Dumpty Foundation, and has been associated with the Hope for the Children Foundation and the Prince of Wales Medical Research Institute. She is a regular on the show Meals on Wheels.

Ghidella is passionately interested in sports cars. Before the birth of her children, she got herself a Toyota Celica. She also has a Maerati and Ferrari.

Since her debut as a television presenter, Ghidella has come a long way to be a successful host, anchor, news presenter and reporter. Sharyn Ghidella is in a long relationship with Paul Croll, a freelance cameraman. He is her partner for over 19 years. She met him at North Queensland Television and they got connected. On several occasions they have professionally worked together. Ghidella and Croll have two children Austin and Darcy. Life is hectic for her, juggling between her job and taking care of two boys. With Croll’s help she has nothing to complain. Ghidella was not interested in marriage or having children, had no dreams of a fairy tale wedding wearing a big white dress. Sharing of priorities is the success of her relationship. Ghidella and Croll still take time out to date and have dinners together. Since Ghildella and Croll are not married, there is no reason for divorce. 

Last Modified: Apr 8, 2020

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