|Born||16 January 1980/1981(age 38–39)|
|Education||Bachelor of Commerce, Macquarie University|
|Employer||Triple J, Australian Broadcasting Corporation|
|Home town||Mudgee, NSW|
Tom Tilley (born 1981)is an Australian radio presenter who currently hosts daily news program Hack on Triple J. He has also appeared on TV, hosting Hack Live, a studio based discussion program on ABC2.
Interested in journalism from a young age, Tilley undertook work experience at a radio station and for a newspaper during high school, but was initially discouraged by relatives from pursuing it as a career due to the difficulties in finding work within the industry.He worked as an investment banker at Deutsche Bank for two years after graduating from university before choosing to change career paths. After travelling overseas and teaching himself video editing skills, Tilley decided that journalism was what he ultimately wanted to break into.
Tilley began working at the ABC in late 2005, undertaking secretarial work in its newsroom as a casual employee.He later moved into radio presenting, first during the late-night 'graveyard shift', and later as a talk-back presenter. In 2007, Tilley succeeded in landing a role as a reporter for daily Triple J news and current affairs radio program Hack, initially answering phone calls from listeners and working as an off location reporter from the Northern Territory. In 2011, he became host of the program, a role which he continues in today.
In 2014, Tilley hosted the first of a number of live studio-based debate and discussion forums broadcast on TV station ABC2.As of July 2017, Tilley has hosted nine of these specials, including five under the Hack Live brand.
Tilley has made several appearances in viral internet memes during his time at Triple J.In 2018 he featured prominently on posts from the viral Facebook page Triple J Memes For Tash Sultana Loving Teens.
In November 2019, Tilley announced that he would be leaving Triple J at the end of the year to take up a new position with Network 10 as a contributor and fill in host on The Project .
Tilley grew up in Mudgee, NSW with his parents and three brothers.He attended Mudgee High School where he became school captain. Following high school, he moved to Newport, Sydney to complete a Bachelor of Commerce at Macquarie University. He now resides in Tamarama.
Tilley is a bassist for Client Liaison during their live performances,and also has experience as a DJ. In 2016, he was a finalist in the Cleo Bachelor of the Year award.
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