Ashleigh Gardener leads a team of reporters that includes Brendan Savage, Tracy Alexander and Peter Cardamone to present Weeknights, 6pm Monday to Friday on Southern Cross Ten.
As video journalists the Weeknights team brings you the local people and local issues making headlines across the Greater Valleys. Tegan Lawson presents the day's news headlines from our studio and has the regional weather forecast covered. Peter Cardamone takes you beyond the boundary for Weeknights sport covering local footy, netball, hockey, soccer and just about everything in between, often chatting to some of the region's biggest sporting identities. And radio personalities Tommy & Candy from 969 Star FM as well as Wally & Kel from 95 3SR FM also star in Weeknights. Weeknights is 100% local. It is local people and local issues, 6pm Monday to Friday on Southern Cross Ten.
Ashleigh started her media career with Southern Cross Austereo as a breakfast newsreader in Mildura. It didn't take long before she was on the move to Albury, joining the team of national newsreaders.
Ashleigh moved to the Goulburn Valley in 2011, joining the Weeknights team as a Video Journalist.
During that time she's covered the collapse of Banksia Securities and the opening of the Nagambie bypass. She was there as the region's teachers rallied for better pay and conditions and hit the road to Numurkah, Nathalia and Katamatite during the 2012 flood event.
Now, taking on the role of host, she's excited about continuing to provide a show all about ‘local people‘ and ‘local issues'.
Brendan joined Southern Cross Austereo in 2011, working as a breakfast radio journalist for Sun FM and Star FM in Mildura.
After completing a law/journalism degree at uni, he decided a life in the law wasn't for him, so pursued a career in the fast-paced world of broadcast news.
Brendan was bitten by the journalism bug when he worked as a volunteer reporter at the Olympics and Paralympics in 2008, and later worked at the Youth Olympics in Singapore.
Brendan loves the buzz of meeting local people, and telling local stories.
Tracy began her media career as an associate producer and researcher on several documentaries, including ‘Rewriting History' (SBS 2012), while also contributing as a weekend news reporter for Sydney's 2UE.
Quickly hooked on the fast paced, deadline-driven environment of radio news, Tracy joined the team at Southern Cross Austereo in 2012 as a newsreader on Melbourne's Fox FM and Triple M. Before long, Tracy was plucked from the FM airwaves to be reconnected with her television roots, here at Weeknights.
With a degree in Cognitive Psychology and a deep interest in social anthropology, Tracy is driven to tell stories that matter.
Played 180 senior games of local Football booting 220 goals between 1990-2002
Shepparton FC, Congupna FC & Cobram FC.
Assistant Coach 1999 Congupna FC Murray FL & Coached Congupna 2000
Represented the Murray FL 1999 & 2000
Assistant Coach of the Queensland state team at the Australian Country Championships in 2010 under Steve Daniel and Assistant coach of the Shepparton FC in the GVFL under Matt Byers
AFL Broadcaster 2003-2008
Called over 200 games of AFL football including 3 Grand Finals & 4 Anzac day games for the NIRS (National Indigenous Radio Service & 6PR radio (sister station to Melbourne's 3AW and Adelaide's 5AA)
Peter has worked with some of the countries biggest names in AFL football including:
Graham 'smokey' Dawson
Brad Hardie – 1985 Brownlow Medallist with Footscray
Chris Lewis- 2 time premiership player with the West Coast Eagles
Tony Morwood- Named in the Sydney Swans team of the century
Peter Schwab – Former Hawthorn Coach
Mark Browning- former Sydney Swans star
Peter 'Krackers' Keenan – 2 time premiership Ruckman with Collingwood & Nth Melbourne
Barry Denner – 9 time Grand Final caller and over 600 games, Peter rates as the best he's worked with in his 5 years in Melbourne.