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.
For more information visit www.kerryobrien.com.au
|2010-2015||Presenter/Interviewer Four Corners ABC TV|
|2015||Author "Keating", publisher Allen & Unwin|
|2013||Feature interviews with Paul Keating (four-part series) and Clive James|
|1995-2010||Editor and presenter/interviewer National 7.30 Report (ABC TV)|
|1990-1995||First presenter/interviewer Lateline (ABC TV)|
|1993-1994||Political columnist Time magazine|
|1988-1989||Political Editor Ten Network.|
|1988-1989||Founder & presenter Face To Face (Ten Network).|
|1987||Political Correspondent (ABCTV)|
|1985-1986||Senior Reporter Four Corners (ABC TV)|
|1983-1984||First US Correspondent (Seven Network)|
|1975-1977||Senior Reporter Four Corners (ABC TV)|
|1972-1975||Senior Reporter Australia's first daily current affairs program This Day Tonight (ABC TV)|
|1982||Best Television Current Affairs Report ‘Circle of Poison” Seven Network|
|1982||Gold Walkley Best Piece of Journalism ‘Circle of Poison’ Seven Network|
|1991||Best Coverage of a Current Story Soviet Coup Lateline ABC-TV|
|2000||Broadcast Interviewing 7.30 Report ABC-TV|
|2010||Broadcast Interviewing 7.30 Report ABC-TV|
|1991||Most outstanding Achievement in Public Affairs Soviet Coup Lateline ABC-TV|
|2009||Queensland University of Technology|
|2011||University of Queensland|
|2001||Centenary Medal for Contribution to Australian Society|
|2011||Queensland Great Award for Lifetime Achievement|