Joe Hildebrand

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Joe Hildebrand
John Hildebrand

(1976-06-23) 23 June 1976 (age 43)
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
  • Journalist
  • television presenter
  • radio presenter
Known forStudio 10
Tara Ravens (m. 2013)

Joe Hildebrand (born John Hildebrand) is an Australian journalist, television and radio presenter.

Hildebrand writes for The Daily Telegraph newspaper, and co-hosts the daytime television program Studio 10 with Network Ten.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Hildebrand was born in Melbourne and grew up in Dandenong, in outer Melbourne.[2] He attended Dandenong Primary School, Dandenong High School and the University of Melbourne, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree majoring in History and English, and edited the student newspaper Farrago. In 2000, he moved to Sydney where he started work as a cadet journalist with Australian Associated Press.

Prior to joining The Daily Telegraph, Hildebrand worked as the New South Wales political correspondent for Australian Associated Press, and also worked in London for the Press Association.


Hildebrand was co-awarded a "high commendation" at the 2004 Walkley Awards.[3]

Hildebrand appeared on the ABC's national talk program, Q&A, on 30 May 2011, 12 September 2011 and 10 August 2015.[4] He has also made several appearances on the ABC's national current affairs program, The Drum, since December 2010.[5] He has had a weekly spot on Channel Seven's The Morning Show as well as Sky News Australia talk program Paul Murray Live.

Hildebrand was the host of television series Dumb, Drunk and Racist, which debuted on ABC2 on Wednesday 20 June 2012.[6] Dumb, Drunk and Racist followed Hildebrand and four Indian travellers around Australia to test whether the popular Indian perception of Australians as stupid, intoxicated bigots was correct. Early figures for the first episode had average audience numbers in the five capital cities alone at 266,000, with a peak of just under 320,000.[6] He went on to host Shitsville Express which aired 2 July 2013 on ABC2.

In November 2013, Hildebrand joined Network Ten's new morning show Studio 10 as a panellist alongside Sarah Harris.

From January to December 2014, Hildebrand was the co-host of a national drive time radio program with Matt Tilley on Triple M.[7]

Personal life[edit]

Hildebrand is married to journalist Tara Ravens and have three children.[8]


On 2 April 2014, Hildebrand apologised for remarks he had made during a panel discussion on Studio 10, prior to an interview by that program with Rosie Batty, whose partner murdered their 11-year-old son.[9]

On 18 June 2014, Joe Hildebrand and Matt Tilley did make comments on the show "The One Percenters" of TRIPLE M radio. The phrase that generated the polemic was that "EVERYBODY in Colombia, owns, sells and does Cocaine". These comments resulted in an online campaign and a diplomatic letter from the Embassy of Colombia in Australia. The letter asked for an apology from the radio station and the radio commentators.[10]

On 14 July 2014, Hildebrand was criticised on social media following comments he made on Twitter mentioning a television interview with Olympic swimmer Ian Thorpe that screened that night.[11]


  1. ^ "Daily Telegraph columnist Joe Hildebrand joins new Channel 10 breakfast show – News". Daily Telegraph.
  2. ^ "Joe Hildebrand". Retrieved 18 August 2011.
  3. ^ "Honour for Dennis at Walkleys". Illawarra Mercury. 3 December 2004. Retrieved 18 August 2011.
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  6. ^ a b "Joe Hildebrand's Dumb, Drunk and Racist debuts on ABC2 to record numbers", The Daily Telegraph (22 June 2012).
  7. ^ Radioinfo. "New Matt and Joe show: Hildebrand and Tilley take Triple M drive".
  8. ^ "Joe Hildebrand opens up about the family tragedy that shattered his childhood".
  9. ^ "Rosie Batty blasts Studio 10 host Joe Hildebrand on morning TV". Retrieved 7 April 2014.
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  11. ^ "Joe Hildebrand's sarcasm over Ian Thorpes gay revelation sinks with Twitter followers". Retrieved 15 July 2014.

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