Rocky lad gets the gold
ROCKHAMPTON'S golden boy of the newsroom shone at the Logie Awards on Sunday night.
Former Rocky WIN Television reporter Karl Stefanovic won the coveted Gold Logie for most popular TV personality.
The Today morning show co-host won the award over a host of talented actors and a comedian, including last year's winner and the favourite to win this year's golden gong, Rebecca Gibney.
Karl told the audience he was shocked and said he “did not expect to win this award, ever”.
But as his solid Rocky fanbase knows, the talented journalist had it in him right from the beginning.
Karl honed his skills in his first job as a reporter under the tutelage of former WIN TV anchor Bruce Diamond in the Beef Capital in 1995.
At the age of 20, the now-36-year-old spent 18 months covering stories throughout the region.
“He's a great guy,” Mr Diamond said.
“I called him ‘smoothie', for a number of reasons.”
And earlier this year Karl showed his sentiments for his former stamping ground when the mighty Fitzroy River burst its banks and ravaged homes and businesses.
He expressed his concerns for mates during his coverage of the floods and said he had been in touch with them.
Karl also remembered them in his Logies speech.
“I never expected it (recognition for his work), especially because it came out of all that gloom,” he said.
But not content with the top gong from the Logies, he stole the show, winning a Silver Logie as well, for most popular presenter.
1995 WIN TV reporter in Rocky and Cairns
2000 Received a Queensland Media Award for Best News Coverage for his report on the Childers backpacker hostel fire in 2000
2005 Begins work as Today co-host with Lisa Wilkinson
2011 Wins Gold Logie for most popular personality and Silver Logie for most popular presenter