Joel Carnegie

Radio & TV Presenter | Performer & Musician | Documentary & Feature Maker


Joel Carnegie is a multi-award winning radio & television presenter, performer & musician, as well as documentary & feature maker. His broadcast work airs regularly on networks and media outlets including ABC, BBC, CBC, Deutsche Welle, Audible, American Public Media and more - and as a performer/actor, writer and musician, Joel also works on theatre, musical, cabaret, orchestral and other multidisciplinary projects.

In 2017, his radio cabaret show, Stardust: The Col Brain Story [Directed by Tom Molyneux] won "Best Performance By An Actor"  [Joel Carnegie] and "Best Innovation" at the 2017 New York Festivals International Radio Awards. He is currently a finalist for "Presenter of the Year" at the 2018 Australian LBGTI Awards

His radio documentary on a controversial 1,000 year old cultural tradition: The Grind [ABC Radio National] was shortlisted as a Top 5 Finalist at Whicker's World Foundation Audio Recognition Awards 2017 and his feature From Music Into Silence was also awarded a Highly Commended prize at Whicker's World Foundation Audio Recognition Awards 2016. 

His non-fiction and fiction based projects and stories aim to deepen or challenge our understanding and relationship with the world around us - and he's told stories from outback Australia, to the remote Faroe Islands, Fiji, India, Ireland, Kiribati, Netherlands, Russia, UK and the USA. He houses his commercial media work within media production house, The Space Company

Joel was an Ambassador of the Association of Independents in Radio (AIR) for Third Coast Festival (Chicago) 2016, and was a Jury Member for the "Radio Music" category at the 2016 Prix Europa (European Broadcasting Festival). He is also a member of Public Radio Exchange (PRX) and the Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance, Australia (MEAA). 

When he’s out on the road or at home, he can be found immersed in music of all styles, shapes, forms and colours.

Image: Sarah Walker

Image: Sarah Walker

Before all this, Joel was Operations Manager at 3MBS Melbourne in 2011, before being appointed Special Projects Producer, going on to win a CBAA award for ” Best New Program – Music” in 2013. He’s told stories for FBi’s “All the Best”, and filed stories and reviews for News Limited and Fairfax (The Age / Sydney Morning Herald).

Image: Caleb Plumridge

Image: Caleb Plumridge

Joel studied a Bachelor of Music (Honours) at the University of Melbourne, which included performance studies with Hector McDonald (Principal Horn of the Vienna Symphony Orchestra) at Die Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst, Graz in Austria. He also holds a Master of Arts (Media & Communications) from Swinburne University of Technology, and is a board member of the Piano Project.