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Chris Kenny


Chris Kenny is Associate Editor National Affairs at The Australian newspaper and the host of Viewpoint on SkyNews. He has a weekly column in The Weekend Australian and in Adelaide’s Sunday Mail, and is a regular commentator on various radio and television programs.

Chris brings a vast amount of experience in media, politics and foreign affairs to his role. He started in journalism in South Australia three decades ago after initially pursuing a career, believe it not, as a park ranger.

He holds a BA (Journalism) from the University of South Australia and began at The Murray Pioneer in Renmark, South Australia, before joining The News in Adelaide, and moving on to television at the ABC’s 7.30 Report. He later covered state and federal politics for the Ten Network and Channel Nine Adelaide, while writing columns for The Sunday Mail, The Advertiser and The Adelaide Review.

Chris left journalism to become a political adviser to Liberal Premier John Olsen in 2000, rising to serve as chief of staff to Olsen’s successor, Rob Kerin. He switched to the federal scene in 2002, spending more than 5 years on the staff of Foreign Minister Alexander Downer, where he served as media adviser and then chief of staff.

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