Sky News has announced former Australian Ambassador to the United States Joe Hockey (pictured) has been appointed Sky News US political contributor and will play a key on-air role during the channel’s 2020 US Election coverage.
Live from Washington DC, Hockey will provide exclusive US political and economic insights in the lead up to the pivotal US Presidential Election on Tuesday 3 November (Wednesday 4 November in Australia).
He will also contribute exclusive analysis during the channel’s live coverage of the US Presidential Debates, Election Day and Inauguration Day.
Hockey will appear across a range of Sky News programs including a regular segment on popular primetime program Paul Murray Live. Hockey will join Paul Murray on the program tonight from 9pm AEST for his first appearance as the channel’s US political contributor.
On joining the channel Hockey said: “There’s never been a more important time to understand events in the United States. What happens here can have a deep impact on Australia and the world.
“As we face great political and economic challenges, I’m privileged to be able to witness events here in Washington and bring them to Sky News viewers.”
Paul Whittaker, chief executive officer, Sky News Australia said: “Joe’s extensive US and international political experience will provide viewers with an unmatched insight into the 2020 Presidential Election and its ramifications for Australia. We warmly welcome Joe to the Sky News Australia team.”
As Australia’s Ambassador to the United States, Hockey held Australia’s most senior diplomatic position from January 2016 – January 2020, during the Barack Obama and later Donald Trump presidencies.
Prior to his diplomatic appointment, Hockey served in the Australian Parliament for almost 20 years across ministerial roles including financial services, health and welfare delivery, employment, workplace relations, small business and tourism.
Hockey lives in Washington DC and is founder and president of Bondi Partners – a strategic business specialising in infrastructure, investment, cyber security and politics. He is also a visiting Fellow at American University.