Tom Tilley

Leading voice in youth current affairs.


Tom Tilley is an authentic, entertaining speaker who combines 15 years of media experience with a powerful personal story. Tom is one of the most influential journalists of his generation, serving as the long-time host of Hack on Triple J radio and presenting a range of television programs across the ABC. He has reported for The Project, is a regular on Nine and hosts Southern Cross Austereo’s flagship news podcast The Briefing.

After years of sharing other people’s stories on radio and television, Tom recently revealed his own in Speaking in Tongues, a memoir published by HarperCollins. It details his childhood inside a tight-knit pentecostal community and the dawning realisation his church was a hardline sect. From the gut-wrenching decision to leave Tom rebuilds a life of truth, passion and community. His story offers inspiration to anyone questioning the life they were born into.

On stage, Tom’s years of on-air experience give him a highly engaging delivery and an ability to connect with any audience, large or small, from corporate events to ideas festivals. He weaves stories and insights from his personal journey and his journalism career, and his knowledge of current affairs allows him to discuss a wide range of themes and issues. His media experience also makes him a highly engaging and versatile event host or MC.


Talking Points
What I learnt from escaping a religious sect
Talking to my generation: 15 years of communicating with millennials
Conflict resolution - a guide to conflict and argument