Jo Palmer

Originally employed by Southern Cross Austereo in Hobart as a journalist, Jo has been presenting the evening news for 18 years.

She is a former Miss Tasmania and in 1993 was awarded Miss Australia, the first Tasmanian woman to win the prestigious title since 1927. In 1993 Jo was awarded “Tasmanian of the Year” for her charity work in particular her work with people with disabilities. Jo is a prominent speaker at numerous events, and is the ambassador for a number of organisations including Tasmanian Clown Doctors, Care Australia, and Walk in her Shoes.

Currently residing in Launceston, Jo is married to professional Latin American dancer Andrew Palmer and has four children; Henry 18, Lily 16, Charlie 6 and Alfie 4.


Rachel Williams

Rachel Williams started her career as a cadet journalist at The Examiner Newspaper in 2000, after graduating from St Patrick’s College in 1999.

During her time with the paper she covered sporting events including AFL, Word Cup Rugby and the Commonwealth Games. Rachel spent two years as a reporter and sports presenter at Southern Cross in the mid-2000s before she returned to The Examiner to focus her writing on politics and business. Rachel took on the role of weekend newsreader in 2011. She occasionally produces the news bulletin and relishes the opportunity to report in the field.

Rachel has hosted special election coverages, produced a special ANZAC Day series and regularly hosts functions and events across the state. She is married to James and has three children: Hamish, 5, Rupert, 3 and newborn Edmund.


Peter Murphy:

Murph has been the Weatherman at TNT9, Tas TV and Southern Cross Austereo since 1984. He moved to Tasmania in 1982 to work at Radio 7EX which is when he started voice-over work for commercials and program promotions at the TV station.

Since that time he has helped promote most, if not all of the state’s major events and charities via the weather segment during the Nightly News. During the day he works in the world of Superannuation before joining the news team each night to present, what he feels is the most important part of the news.

As Murph says: “It’s a big job, a huge responsibility and one that all the viewers know I take very seriously.”