Narelda Jacobs has been a journalist at Network 10 since 2000 and has presented 10 News First Perth for the last 11 years. She is the first Aboriginal and openly lesbian newsreader in Australia. In March 2019, Narelda co-hosted SBS’s national broadcast of the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras. She is also a regular panellist on The Project and Studio 10 and has shared the stage with the prime ministers, international leaders and humanitarian advocates. Narelda has been honoured as one of Australia’s 25 Most Influential Gay People.
Community and family are of absolute importance for Narelda. She once described how the love she receives from her Indigenous and queer communities empowers her to speak out against discrimination. “I do belong to some of the most beautiful communities that you could ever imagine. And I’m just completely embraced by both of those communities.” Narelda wants any person who belongs to a minority to know that, “you can always reach into your own community and get a hundredfold of love back and support back. The love that you get from that minority outweighs anything that you could feel from any discrimination – know that you’re on the right side of history.”
A patron of the Motor Neurone Disease Association WA, Narelda is also an Ambassador for The Pinnacle Foundation, the Disability Services Commission and Breast Cancer Care WA. She lives in Perth and is a proud Mum to daughter Jade.