Lisa Sweeney

Program Leader, Radio

Lisa Sweeney began her media career in newspaper journalism and moved to radio a few years later following a stint as a comedy performer.

Lisa's first role was as a helicopter traffic reporter at 2UE. She stayed with the station for many years and worked on the production teams of some of the biggest names in the radio industry including Alan Jones and John Laws. She was also a prime time newsreader and editor.

Lisa then joined the ABC, where she worked in various news roles before moving into management. She managed radio stations at first, then moved back into news where she managed radio and television news across the country including the flagship 7PM TV News in each state plus all the radio news output - 500 journalists in 50 locations.

Lisa joined the Radio Division of AFTRS as Head of Radio in 2011.


Master of Education (Learning and Leadership, UTS, current 

Graduate of the Institute of Company Directors, 2013

Journalism Cadetship, Brisbane Courier Mail, 1984

Professional History

Australian Broadcasting Corporation, 1991–2007:
  • Head of Local Coverage ABC News and Current Affairs
  • National Editor Radio News
  • Talks Editor Radio National
  • National Manager, Networked Local Radio
  • Manager Regional Radio NSW
  • Executive Producer and news reader, Sydney Radio News
News reader and editor, Radio 2UE, 1987–1991

Producer, Alan Jones Breakfast Program, 1985-1987

Comedy performer, Double Take troupe, toured for two years with show Astro Zombies, seasons around Australia, Edinburgh Fringe, London and Dublin Film Festival.

Journalism Cadetship, Brisbane Courier Mail, 1982-84

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