Amanda Keller is easily one of the most recognisable faces on Australian TV. With a media career spanning over three decades, she has only gone from strength to strength, whether it be in front of the camera or behind the mic. So far, 2019 has been a big year for Amanda, both due to her regular gigs on the WSFM radio network and Network Ten's The Living Room, as well as her new role as co-host of Dancing With the Stars. But, the cherry on top would be if she takes out the Gold Logie at Sunday's TV Week Logie Awards. Having already been nominated and narrowly missing out on the award last year, it seems this time may just be when the stars align for her to take out the top honour.
Until then, here are five facts (including the many other awards she has received) you may not have known about Amanda.
1. She Published Her First Book Back in the 90s'
Although Amanda's best known work as an author is her 2016 memoir Natural Born Keller: My Life and Other Palaver, her first foray into the world of book publishing was actually over 20 years ago when she released Amanda's Handy Hints: An off-the-wall Guide to Surviving the Nineties in 1995. Described on Google Books as 'offbeat hints on home-making, leisure, beauty and work,' copies of the book are now a rare find, which we have to say is a shame given how much fun it sounds.
2. She Has Received Awards For Her Science Journalism
Science journalism probably isn't the first thing that comes to mind when we think about Amanda Keller's work, but it turns out she was the recipient of numerous accolades during her time presenting the Channel Seven TV series Beyond 2000 during the 80s' and 90s'. The show, which was dedicated to showcasing inventions and developments in technology and science, led to Amanda receiving both the prestigious United Nations Association of Australia's Media Peace Award, and the Michael Daley Award for Science Journalism.
3. She Conceived Her Two Children Through IVF
After struggling with trying to conceive for over a decade, with the help of IVF, Amanda eventually gave birth to her first son at the age of 39, followed by a second two years later. Over 15 years later, Amanda told Good Health that work "saved her" from the difficulties of the IVF treatments, saying "it was a case of head down, bum up, and get through it. At the time it was my way of coping . . . I still get a thrill that I've got two teenage sons when I may not have had any."
4. She Holds a World Record
In what easily takes the cake as the most unusual fact on this list, Amanda and her long-time WSFM breakfast show co-host Brendan Jones hold the quirky world record of the longest underwater radio broadcast. The award came back in 2010 after spending over three hours underwater at Sydney Aquarium.
5. She Received an Order of Australia Medal.
Amanda was awarded one of Australia's top honours, the Order of Australia Medal (OAM) on the Queen's Birthday in 2016. Awarded for her services to broadcast media and the community, it recognised not only her career but her work with a number of charities, including her former decade-long role as a patron of The Sydney Kids Committee.