Kerry O’Brien


Kerry O’Brien is one of Australia’s most distinguished and respected journalists with six Walkley Awards for excellence in journalism including the Gold Walkley, and the Walkley for Outstanding Leadership. Other industry awards include a Logie for public affairs coverage.

He has been a journalist for 49 years covering print, television and wire service, as a reporter, feature writer, columnist and foreign correspondent. He has specialised in national politics for the ABC, as well as the Ten and Seven networks, and was press secretary to Labor leader Gough Whitlam.

For ABC-TV he was the editor, presenter and interviewer for the 7.30 Report over 15 years, the presenter and interviewer at Four Corners for five years and at Lateline for six years. He has interviewed many world leaders including Barack Obama, Nelson Mandela, Mikhail Gorbachev, Margaret Thatcher and Tony Blair, as well as many influential figures in the arts, science and business. For 20 years he was also the face of the ABC’s election night coverage.

Kerry’s acclaimed four-part interview series with former Prime Minister Paul Keating was broadcast on the ABC in 2013, and his book expanding on those conversations was published in 2015.

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Career Highlights

2010-2015Presenter/Interviewer Four Corners ABC TV
2015Author "Keating", publisher Allen & Unwin
2013Feature interviews with Paul Keating (four-part series) and Clive James
1995-2010Editor and presenter/interviewer National 7.30 Report (ABC TV)
1990-1995First presenter/interviewer Lateline (ABC TV)
1993-1994Political columnist Time magazine
1988-1989Political Editor Ten Network.
1988-1989Founder & presenter Face To Face (Ten Network).
1987Political Correspondent (ABCTV)
1985-1986Senior Reporter Four Corners (ABC TV)
1983-1984First US Correspondent (Seven Network)
1975-1977Senior Reporter Four Corners (ABC TV)
1972-1975Senior Reporter Australia's first daily current affairs program This Day Tonight (ABC TV)


1982Best Television Current Affairs Report ‘Circle of Poison” Seven Network
1982Gold Walkley Best Piece of Journalism ‘Circle of Poison’ Seven Network
1991Best Coverage of a Current Story Soviet Coup Lateline ABC-TV
2000Broadcast Interviewing 7.30 Report ABC-TV
2010Broadcast Interviewing 7.30 Report ABC-TV
2010Journalistic Leadership
1991Most outstanding Achievement in Public Affairs Soviet Coup Lateline ABC-TV
2009Queensland University of Technology
2011University of Queensland
2001Centenary Medal for Contribution to Australian Society
2011Queensland Great Award for Lifetime Achievement