Colette Fitzpatrick – TV3 Broadcaster

  • Colette is one of Ireland’s most experienced live television and radio Broadcasters. She is TV3’s
    main News Anchor where she presents the channel’s flagship weekday news bulletins, The 12.30
    and The 5.30.
    She joined Pat Kenny co-hosting the first series of Pat
    Kenny Tonight before returning to her full time role on
    In addition, she has a weekly column in the Evening
    Herald newspaper and has also written opinion editorials
    for the paper.
    From Holycross, Thurles, in Co Tipperary, Colette has been working in television and radio for
    two decades. She has a broad knowledge of current affairs and news, excellent interviewing
    skills and the ability to react to a breaking news story in a live studio environment.

    Colette has presented special live news programmes on
    breaking news days including the first live television leaders
    debate for election 2016 and anchored 5 hour broadcasts
    on the visits of Barack Obama and Queen Elizabeth the
    second to the country. She has also anchored special
    programmes on The Lisbon Treaty Referendum Result, the
    announcement of the resignation of then Taoiseach Bertie
    Ahern, General Election results and the death of the former
    Taoiseach Charles Haughey. She has also reported from
    abroad on the disappearance of Madeleine McCann from
    Portugal, from Sri Lanka in the aftermath of the tsunami in
    2004 and from Kashmir in the aftermath of the earthquake in 2005.

    Throughout her career, Colette has been presented with many awards including, the overall
    broadcasting award at the 2015 Justice Media Awards for the 5.30 News special programme on
    the Graham Dwyer trial. The Midweek Programme won certificates of merit at the awards in
    2013, 2012 and 2010 for programmes examining issues surrounding cameras in courtrooms, the
    controversial ‘defending your home’ legislation and legislation surrounding headshops. Colette
    also won the TV NOW Best News Presenter Award in 2007.
    On radio, she hosted Newstalk’s Breakfast Show from 7am-9am weekdays. She previously
    presented her own show on Newstalk The Colette Fitzpatrick Show on Sunday mornings. She
    also worked in the newsroom in Today FM where she edited and presented hourly news
    bulletins and reported on a range of stories including courts and tribunals. In addition, she
    produced the Sunday Supplement, presented by Sam Smyth. Colette also previously worked at
    East Coast FM in County Wicklow where she co-presented the Breakfast Show and produced the
    mid-morning Current Affairs Show.
    Colette graduated with a first-class honours degree in Journalism from DIT in Aungier Street.