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Jacinta Parsons is a broadcaster, radio maker, writer and public speaker who currently co-hosts the Afternoon program on ABC Local Radio Melbourne.

She began her radio-life at community radio station 3RRR over a decade ago, where she coordinated live music broadcasts and hosted several shows including Detour and Breakfasters.

She made the move to the ABC in 2015, working with the Double J team and as Music Director for Local Radio. As well as presenting The New Music Show on ABC Radio, she has produced and presented a number of national broadcast events.

Jacinta is an ambassador for the Crohn’s and Colitis Association and speaks and writes about the impact of living with chronic illness.

She has also be an active member of the arts and music community and is a board member for Melbourne disability theatre company, Rollercoaster.

Keep up to date with Jacinta Parsons on Twitter.


Jacinta nailed the brief as MC: engaged her audience with the ideal mix of fun, seriousness, and authentic engagement. Everyone, everyone, loved her.

—Julie Smith, Inclusive Education

Jacinta has great energy and a natural ability to excite and keep the audience engaged.  She has a blend of light-hearted humour and gravitas which is perfect for The Funding Network live crowd funding events.   Jacinta’s professionalism and humour allowed the presenters to feel at ease and she maintained a high level of energy in the room for the whole evening.  The role of MC is crucial to a successful event.  Asking people to pledge funds publicly requires the expertise of an experienced professional MC.  We are delighted to have such a valuable asset to support our events.

—Andrea Heffernan, State Director Victoria, The Funding Network Australia

The event was fantastic, we had really positive feedback from the audience, students involved and their teachers. Everyone was buzzing afterwards. The dynamic between Jacinta and Sami made a world of difference for this year’s iteration of the event. They kept the event rolling so smoothly and made the students feel comfortable with the unique situation.

—Katrina Gubbins, Victoria University

It was great event, Jacinta was delightful – she had the audience eating out of her hand. We have had so much good feedback.

—Sarah Hopkins, Eastern Regional Libraries

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