Kumi Taguchi

  • Kumi Taguchi
    2017 Conference MC

    News anchor and host of ABC Compass

About Kumi

Asking questions and seeking answers has been the core of Kumi Taguchi’s life, so journalism was always going to be a natural fit. Kumi started her media career at the ABC in 1997 at the 7.30 Report, answering phones and picking up dry-cleaning. From there, she spent time at Triple J Radio and working with the deaf and hearing impaired, before moving to Hong Kong in 2004.

Kumi worked there for six years as a news anchor, journalist and editor of a weekly current affairs program, Inside Story. She reported on social issues underpinning the community, from poverty and teenage pregnancy to affordable housing and domestic violence.

Kumi returned to Australia in 2010, working at SBS before settling at the ABC. She has hosted local radio, anchored for the ABC’s 24-hour news channel, co-hosted News Breakfast, reported on bushfires, sailed the Sydney to Hobart and run a desert marathon. Kumi is known for her empathy and inquisitive nature, always focussing on the human side of a story. She also gets a great deal of pleasure mentoring the next generation of young female journalists and engaging with the Japanese community.

We’re delighted to welcome Kumi as the 2017 Not-For-Profit People Conference MC, guiding us seamlessly through the two days.