As well as being one of Australia’s most experienced news presenters (currently with Sky News Australia), Jacinta is also a successful author and columnist. But she regards her greatest achievement – and highest joy – as being mum to two little boys, Jasper and Otis, 19 months apart.
Jacinta is regarded as a commentator for her generation writing regularly for Sunday Life Magazine and dailylife.com.au and appearing on Seven’s Sunrise and Weekend Sunrise. She has also been a guest on The Morning Show, Kerri-Anne, Insight (SBS) and Today Tonight’s special on Australia’s Most Influential Women. She was also brave enough to appear on The Chaser!
Jacinta Tynan is currently a News Presenter with Sky News Australia. Before that she presented news for ABC TV’s international satellite service, ABC Asia Pacific. During her seven years at the ABC she also presented ABC late Edition news and was a relief presenter for the 7pm bulletin, Weekend News and World at Noon. She reported for the 7:30 Report, Lateline and 7pm news. Jacinta’s journalism career has also included presenting ABC TV News in Darwin, reporting for the Seven Network, weather presenter for WIN TV Canberra and Thredbo Snow Reporter.
Jacinta is known for her popular and candid columns about contemporary life, love and getting it right, generating a large and loyal following. She writes regularly for Sunday Life Magazine and dailylife.com.au including a widely debated column on the joys of motherhood which every mother in Australia seems to have an opinion on.
Jacinta’s first weekly column appeared in The Sunday Telegraph on the search for love and the trials and joys of single life.
She has also contributed to various other publications including Madison, Mindfood, Cosmopolitan and Women’s Health magazines.
Jacinta’s first book, Good Man Hunting (Random House), a memoir about looking for love, earned rave reviews including the accolade “Australia’s answer to Carrie Bradshaw.” Her second book, Some Girls Do. My Life as a Teenager‘ (Allen and Unwin ) is an anthology of female authors writing the true story of their adolescence which Jacinta created, edited and contributed to. Royalties are donated to SISTER2Sister – a mentor program for disadvantaged teenage girls – for whom Jacinta is patron.
To purchase copies, contact Jacinta here.
Jacinta is also a keen actor. As a teenager she studied at Australian Theatre for Young People (ATYP) and Phillip Street Theatre and spent her summers at NIDA doing acting workshops. At the age of twenty-five, she and quit her job as a News Presenter with ABC TV to study acting full-time at Vancouver Film School in Canada. She then went to London where she took more classes at the prestigious RADA (Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts). Her dream to be an actor was put on hold for her successful career as a journalist and author, but she has acted on stage including a charity performance of The Vagina Monologues at Sydney’s Ensemble Theatre, and starred in a director’s cut of Closer at Darlinghurst Theatre Company. She has also featured in several short films including one which made it into Tropfest Best of The Rest. But the dream persists…
Jacinta grew up in Yowie Bay (in ‘The Shire’), the third of six children with only nine years between them. As a child she aspired to be on Young Talent Time taking ballet lessons and practicing singing into a hairbrush. But she eventually discovered a love of writing and decided to become a journalist. She studied Communications (majoring in Broadcast Journalism) at Charles Sturt University, Bathurst and got her first big break with Prime TV, Wagga, where she was doing work experience and a shortage of reporters meant she was sent out to cover a story on school sport at Mangoplah, and never looked back.
Her first paying job was at the age of twenty-one as a Reporter with Prime TV, Canberra, but when the newsroom was shut down three months later, she found herself negotiating her first retrenchment package before she’d even graduated from university. Jacinta then spent a ski season in Thredbo as the Snow Reporter filing national TV and radio reports and editing a local paper. When the snow melted she joined Win TV, Canberra, as a news reporter / weather presenter / fill-in news reader where she stayed for the next two years.
At the age of 24, Jacinta moved to Darwin as the 7pm News Presenter for ABC TV and fell in love, with the city, and a local. Weekends were spent camping in Kakadu and kayaking on the Katherine Gorge. She also filled in for Rosemary Church presenting Australia Television News which was aired nationally and internationally. After a brief stint reporting for Today Tonight (Seven Network), Jacinta moved to Canada where she studied acting at Vancouver Film School. She then worked in London as a producer with APTN and Access Hollywood interviewing movie stars in the UK and Europe, and filing reports for the Seven Network.
On returning to Australia in 1997, she joined ABC TV, as a Reporter for 7:30 Report and 7pm News. She also presented National Late News and was fill-in Presenter for 7pm News, Weekends and World at Noon. She was then appointed as the main news anchor for the newly formed ABC Asia Pacific TV broadcasting across 28 countries and several million homes. Jacinta also traveled to Asia on reporting and promotional assignments including covering the Prime Minister’s visit to China in 2003.
In 2005 Jacinta joined Sky News Australia where she presents the daily and evening news.
She also writes regular opinion pieces for Sunday Life Magazine and dailylife.com.au and appears regularly on Sunrise and Weekend Sunrise for the Seven Network.