Patrick Condren is a Walkley award-winning broadcaster and journalist with more than 25 years' experience in Australia and overseas. His speaking/MC experience includes charity events such as the Alzheimers Australia Foundation, the Lord Mayor Volunteer Awards night, and the launch of the 1,200k's for Kids Cycling Fundraiser 2015. He's also MC'd the Anglican Church's 'Loaves and Fishes' event for the past two years and more recently a 'politics in the pub' event.
In 2014/15 Patrick hosted the Mornings program on Fairfax radio 4BC. He interviewed a wide variety of people from Prime Ministers and Premiers, to business leaders and buskers. The agenda setting program regularly featured in national news stories.
After returning from the United Kingdom in 2002 Patrick worked as a political correspondent for the 7 Network based in Brisbane, primarily covering state politics. Apart from chasing pollies up and down George Street in Brisbane each week, he has covered four state elections. Patrick is also often called on to offer in depth commentary and analysis for 7 News Brisbane.
Among the many highlights of his time at Seven, is an investigation that lifted the lid on elite police using the photos of aboriginal prisoners for target practice on a pistol range. New rules banned the activity.
Patrick lists the abdication of Premier Peter Beattie and his successor Anna Bligh’s subsequent historic election as the first woman to win the premiership in her own right, as significant events that he’s covered throughout his career.
In 1996 he received journalism’s highest honour, a Walkley, for his coverage of a series of pro-gun rallies in Queensland. They occurred in the immediate aftermath of the Port Arthur massacre when, then Prime Minister, John Howard was moving to introduce uniform national gun laws.
Between 1997 and 2002, Patrick lived and plied his trade in the United Kingdom. During his time there he worked for various BBC programmes including the prestigious ‘Today’ Radio 4, morning current affair show. Patrick was part of the team that put together the coverage of Lady Di’s funeral.
In the second half of his overseas stint Patrick was an on-air reporter for ITN in the northeast of England. During his six years overseas he also filed stories for Australian media outlets including The Australian newspaper and the ABC.