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Jennifer Keyte : biography

21 January 1960 -

Jennifer Keyte (born 21 January 1960) is an Australian television journalist.

Keyte is currently presenter of Seven News in Melbourne on Friday and Saturday.


After graduating from St. Columba's College, Melbourne in Essendon, Keyte enrolled in a Bachelor of Arts at La Trobe University but left after her first year, accepting a cadetship with radio station EON FM in 1980. She moved from radio to television in 1982, joining ATV-10, reporting on courts, crime and state politics. She worked briefly on Good Morning Australia and presented the weekend news.. 7 News

In 1987 Keyte moved to HSV-7 where she co-anchored the main evening news bulletin alongside Glenn Taylor. In 1990, Keyte became the first female solo primetime news anchor on Australian commercial television. She also presented news on Tonight Live With Steve Vizard late night variety show.

At the end of 1995, Keyte resigned after the network proposed to pair her at the news desk with David Johnston.

In 1996, after a short stint at radio station 3AW, Keyte moved to Nine, hosting Good Medicine, and Moment of Truth. When Seven News ratings subsequently plunged Keyte refused their offers to return and stayed with Nine for several years.

In August 2003, she returned to the Seven Network, presenting the weekend news. This was a reversal of roles with Peter Mitchell, who in 1996 occupied weekend news while Keyte was on weekdays. She has also filled in for Natalie Barr presenting the news on Sunrise, Seven Morning News and Seven 4.30 News.

In 2006, Keyte and others from Seven News were charged with and ultimately acquitted of contempt of court for allegedly publicising suppressed details of a Children's Court case.

She is an avid supporter of the Essendon Football Club, and is currently working alongside former Essendon champion Tim Watson on Seven News. Prior to her news career, Jennifer briefly worked as a model overseas.

Keyte is separated, with two sons.

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