Graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Media Studies from RMIT in 1999, Maddern a Geelong local, made the move to Melbourne to begin the first chapter of what would later be an illustrious and diverse media career. Working initially in radio as a sports reporter for Triple M and then presenting news at Fox FM and Nova, it wasn’t long before Maddern made the jump into world of TV, reporting for the Seven Network. Maddern’s talent shone immediately after winning a prestigious Quill Award in 2003 for her coverage of Victoria’s bushfires in only her first year of television reporting. This honor opened another door for Maddern and led to roles presenting the 4:30PM nation-wide bulletin and the 6PM Victorian program.
Maddern also appeared regularly as a host and reporter on Seven’s flagship AM programs, Sunrise and The Morning Show. Her versatility saw her cover major news events, sports and entertainment in a wide variety of locations. The 2012 Glasgow Commonwealth Games, Australian Open Tennis, the Melbourne Cup, AFL Brownlow Medal and Royal Children’s Hospital Good Friday Appeal, were among the events Maddern was front and center for as part of Seven’s broadcast.
Outside of her media work, the Geelong native grew up a Cats supporter and became the club’s Number One Ticket holder in 2011, which much to her delight, coincided with the club’s ninth Premiership.
Maddern’s passion for sport and in particular her beloved Geelong cats, saw her become the first ever female co-host of Nine Network’s The Footy Show, taking her profile to a new range of audiences. Maddern’s football knowledge, vibrant personality and news instincts brought a new dimension to the long-established program.
Maddern, now a key member of the Nine family, joined Australian Ninja Warrior in 2017 as co-host, bringing excitement and energy to the fan favourite series, alongside other co-hosts, Freddie Flintoff and Ben Fordham.
Maddern’s extensive media CV grew even further at the start of 2019, when she fronted the coverage of the Australian Tennis Open. The first time the Nine Network held the rights to the tournament; Maddern’s experience undoubtedly was the perfect fit to broadcast one of Australia & the World largest sporting spectacles.
Maddern’s media prowess later led her to also take on a hosting role for the Nine Network’s coverage of the Cricket World Cup in 2019, cementing herself as a versatile asset to the Sport Broadcasting landscape within Australia.
Her polish has also been used to effect by a number of organisations as an MC and host for the likes of HIA, NAB, Myer, RACV, WorkCover, Vic Health and the AFL.
Amongst her media ascendancy, Rebecca and her Husband Trent, welcomed a beautiful baby girl Ruby Mae Miller on the 12th April, 2018.
Outside of our Television screens, Maddern dedicates a lot of her time to a number of charities and was also announced as the Ambassador for Wattle Health Australia in September of 2019.