Brooke Boney changed Australian breakfast TV. In 2024, she’s walking away.

It was work experience at the local radio station in high school that sparked a seed of interest in media for Boney. And a few years later, she decided a career in journalism was something she really wanted to pursue.

Boney started her television career as a political correspondent for SBS and then NITV before joining Today in 2019. She said she feels goosebumps when thinking back to the moment she was offered the monumental breakfast TV gig.

It was the profile of the show and its platform that attracted her. The opportunity to foster her goal of contributing to the national discourse around how Aboriginal people are viewed and see themselves was particularly front of mind.

“The things that have been done to us continue to affect us. And that’s why there aren’t many other Aboriginal people on commercial breakfast television, because it’s a bloody hard slog. It’s not easy to overcome the things that come with being Indigenous,” she said.

Throughout her time on the show, Boney has interviewed some incredible people and reported on some powerful stories. She has also shared her perspective, as an Indigenous woman, on a series of topics discussed on Today — such as January 26, Indigenous rights in this country and more.

“I knew it would illicit some sort of reaction, but I guess I didn’t know how big it would be. That’s probably the most difficult thing about having expressed something so public that was so personal. When people said things like, ‘She’s unAustralian’ I feel like that’s so far from the truth,” Boney said on No Filter.

“I want to show that there’s a diverse range of Aboriginal people. And that’s what television can do.”

You can listen to the full interview with Brooke Boney on Mamamia’s No Filter podcast here.

Feature Image: Today/Nine.