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Griffith Alumnus Making Radio Waves

Rebecca Levingston. Photo: Brisbane Powerhouse


Second Edition August 2018

By the time most of us have had breakfast, taken the kids to school and opened our first morning work email, Rebecca Levingston is winding down from her daily duties.

But if she had her way, Rebecca would remain behind the microphone all day, engaging with her co-hosts and talking to listeners on the award-winning ABC Brisbane Breakfast program.

Rebecca is also a Griffith alumnus but, oddly enough, not in the field in which most would think.

“I did not do journalism or communications at Griffith; I actually did a Hotel Management degree at Griffith Business School, which helped shape my future career in radio even though perhaps I wasn’t aware of it at the time,” she says.

“The course itself was wonderful because it really spoke to my love of meeting people and travel, opening up new worldwide experiences for me.

“I went through Griffith in the late ’90s at the Gold Coast campus and, when I drive past the precinct today, it staggers me to see just how far it has come and how truly world-class it is as a learning institution.”

Rebecca Levingston with ABC Breakfast co-host Craig Zonca
“I went through Griffith in the late ’90s at the Gold Coast … it staggers me to see just how far it has come.”

After graduating, Rebecca worked overseas in Japan and the United Kingdom before coming home and finding her niche in radio, delivering morning traffic reports for various ABC programs.

“I guess that showed I could talk on my feet and basically make the traffic report conversational and engaging, which is pretty hard to do,” the mother-of-two says.

“I then segued into the evenings program and then Drive and Weekends before getting the opportunity of a lifetime on Breakfast in 2018.

“Working alongside co-host Craig Zonca on the morning program is a dream. Our personalities complement each other, and it comes across as two mates having a yarn with all our friends joining in.”