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Kellie Connolly (née Sloane) born 5 January 1973, is the presenter of the Nine Network's Nightline. She was also an interim co-host of the Today Show in 2007.



Born and raised in South Australia, Kellie first began at ABC Local Radio in 1991 where she was a reporter and newsreader.

She later moved to ABC TV in Adelaide where she was a reporter and Weekend Newsreader. She later joined Ten News as a reporter and fill-in presenter, before moving to Sydney.

Kellie joined the Nine Network in 1997 as a reporter for both A Current Affair and Money. In 1999, Kellie joined A Current Affair as an official reporter, reporting on many different stories on life, health and real life events.

Kellie became a full time news presenter at the Nine Network after a number of occasions filling in on the Early News and Nightline. In 2006 she was appointed permanent presenter of the Afternoon Edition of National Nine News, replacing Mike Munro.

In April 2007, Kellie moved to co-hosting the Today Show working with Karl Stefanovic as the replacement co-host for Jessica Rowe, who was on maternity leave at the time however Rowe announced that she was leaving the Nine Network on 6 May 2007.[1] Various press outlets had speculated that Connolly would be poached by rival network Seven as a new co-host for Weekend Sunrise (a position eventually vacated by Connolly's Today replacement, Lisa Wilkinson) [2]

On the 10 May 2007 episode of Today, Connolly collapsed on air. She collapsed about 8:10am during a cooking segment with Tobie Puttock, of Jamie Oliver fame. It was reported that she was okay after the incident and Connolly returned to the presenters desk about 15 minutes later, attributing the dizzy spell to her 3am wake-up call[3].

Connolly finished up her co-hosting duties for Today Show on 25 May 2007 as Lisa Wilkinson took over her hosting duties as of 28 May 2007. It was reported shortly after that she was one of the contenders to have been offered the role of Nine News co-anchor in Adelaide following the death of Kevin Crease.

On 18 June 2007, Connolly returned as presenter of the National Nine News: Afternoon Edition. Later in 2007, she began also presenting National Nine News: Morning Edition.

From January 2008, Connolly was on maternity leave. She returned to presenting the Nine's Morning News in September 2008.

In October 2009, Nine announced that Connolly would shift to reading Nightline, with Wendy Kingston moving to present Nine's Morning News Hour.

Connolly is also a fill in presenter for Nine News Sydney.

Personal life

Kellie is married and has two children.[4]

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Preceded by
Wendy Kingston (as Nine's Late News)
Nightline presenter
November 2009 -
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Wendy Kingston
Nine's Morning News Hour presenter
2007 - November 2009
Succeeded by
Wendy Kingston
Preceded by
Mike Munro
National Nine News Afternoon Edition presenter
2006 - January 2008
Succeeded by
Leila McKinnon
Preceded by
Sarah Murdoch
Today Co-Host with Karl Stefanovic
1 April 2007 - 25 May 2007
Succeeded by
Lisa Wilkinson


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