|Occupation||Radio broadcaster, journalist, comedian, activist|
|Known for||Good News Week|
Julie McCrossin (born 1954) is an Australian radio broadcaster, journalist, comedian and campaigner for women's and gay rights. She is best known for her role as a team captain on the news-based comedy quiz show Good News Week between 1996 and 2000.
Born in 1954, McCrossin grew up in Sydney, Australia. She had troubles with alcohol in her youth and describes herself as having been a "hopeless drinker" before she stopped drinking altogether at age 24. She lives with her long-term partner, Melissa Gibson, and their two stepchildren.
McCrossin, who describes her job as "[talking] for a living", began her career in children's theatre. She was involved with the 1978 protests that became the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras and has advocated for the legalisation of same-sex marriage in Australia. In 1981 she published Women, wimmin, womyn, womin, whippets-On Lesbian Separatism, a critique of some aspects of the feminist separatist movement of the day from an anarcho-feminist perspective.
McCrossin her first broadcasting job on "Gaywaves" for the community radio station 2SER.. She began working for Radio National in 1983, initially as presenter of the women's radio program "The Coming Out Show" and later as the host of other programs, including "The Arts Show" and "Background Briefing". Between 2000 and 2005, she presented the social issues program "Life Matters", initially with Geraldine Doogue and later as a solo presenter. In 2005, 702 ABC Sydney chose her to replace popular host Angela Catterns in the breakfast shift, however one month after starting McCrossin resigned for health reasons. "I found the early hours really hard and it's affected my health and despite their desire for me to stay I've made the decision that it's just not good for my health," she said.
Between 1996 and 2000, McCrossin was a weekly participant on the news-based television comedy Good News Week as captain of one of two competing teams. She was also a co-presenter of the television coverage of the 2002 and 2009 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras parades.