Everything Angela does she does with passion and flair earning her the nickname “pocket rocket”. Whether in front of the camera, a radio microphone or a live audience Angela is always entertaining.
The petite and lively Pippos left her native South Australia in 1997 to pursue a sports journalism career in Melbourne after completing an Honours degree in politics from the University of Adelaide. Her decision to come to Melbourne was the first of many twists in her career.
During her 14 years with the ABC Angela worked as a researcher on the 7.30 Report and reporter for the 7pm News but she’s best known for anchoring the sports segment on the ABC TV News in Victoria Monday to Friday and later on weekends. Angela takes great pride in her presentation and was crowned Victoria’s best and clearest TV sports presenter five times.
2007 was an eventful year for Angela. She was approached by the ALP to stand for the state seat of Williamstown vacated by former Premier Steve Bracks. Amid a storm of controversy she declined the offer.
Searching for a new challenge Angela walked away from the ABC in 2007 and went where no woman in Melbourne has dared go – the testosterone-charged world of breakfast sports radio. Angela was the first woman to co-host Sport 927’s breakfast program, a position she held for two years alongside 1990 Collingwood premiership player Michael Christian.
More recently Angela has appeared on Network Ten’s popular AFL program Before the Game, TAC Cup Future Stars on the Nine Network and The Back Page on Fox Sports.
Angela is now enjoying the freedom of freelancing. She’s developing a TV sports show with a twist and every Thursday afternoon she drops in to 3AW to charm the pants off Denis Walter with The Pippos Report. In recent months Angela’s been secretly indulging in another passion – film. She’s co-producing a gritty, independent thriller set in Melbourne.
Angela has a two-book deal with Text Publishing. Her first book, The Goddess Advantage – One Year in the Life of a Football Worshipper was shortlisted for the Colin Roderick Award for Australian Literature. It loosely follows her life during the 2005 AFL season. It’s as much about love, loyalty, stuffed tomatoes and Greek mythology as it is about Australian Rules football.
Angela writes sharp, witty, thought-provoking columns which have appeared in The Sunday Age, The Geelong Times and on AFL.com.au.
Angela is honoured to be the Patron of the National Jockeys’ Trust which provides financial support to jockeys and their families in the event of serious injury, illness or death.
Angela is an ambassador for Shergar Thoroughbreds, Responsible Gambling Awareness Week, Clean Energy Week and the Adelaide Football Club.
The owl in Angela’s coat of arms is the symbol of Goddess Athena, her middle name. (Athena that is, not the goddess part which Angela says was surely an oversight by her parents.)
The Crow is the other bird she worships, in particular the 47 on the Adelaide list.
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