Peter Overton is one of Australia’s best known television reporters. He became the chief newsreader for Sydney’s 6pm edition of NINE NEWS in January 2009. Peter returned to the Nine newsroom after spending eight years as a reporter for 60 Minutes.Prior to joining 60 Minutes, he spent 10 years with NINE NEWS as a reporter and regular presenter.
Born in 1966 to Australian parents in England, Peter was two when his family returned home to Australia. He attended North Sydney Boys High School and completed a Bachelor of Economics degree at Macquarie University. At university he received his first break in the media. While doing work experience at Sydney radio station 2UE in 1985 he found himself reading weekend sports reports after the regular presenter became ill. Peter continued this role until 1987 when he moved to Australia’s first satellite television channel, Sky Channel where he spent four years reporting and presenting.
In 1991, Peter joined Channel Nine in Sydney as a sports reporter for NATIONAL NINE NEWS. He co-anchored Channel Nine’s coverage of the Thredbo disaster from the Sydney studios with Tracy Grimshaw. He also anchored the major super league ARL court decisions.
Peter has a strong sense of community and is Patron of the Mental Health Council of Australia, Patron of the Monstar Foundation (Motor Neurone Disease), Ambassador for the George Gregan Foundation, Ambassador for the Sydney Children's Hospital Foundation, Ambassador for the Sony Foundation (Teenage Cancer) and Ambassador for Special Olympics Australia.
Peter is married to Jessica and they are parents to young daughters Allegra and Giselle.