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. He has been a journalist for 48 years, in 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 15 years he was Editor, Presenter and Interviewer for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s 7.30 Report and for six years before that he was the Presenter and Interviewer for the Lateline program. Over that time 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. His acclaimed four-part interview series with former Prime Minister Paul Keating was broadcast on the ABC in 2013.
The stories he has covered over the years include various election campaigns, the Whitlam dismissal, the 1984 U.S. Presidential election, the Grenada invasion, the Marcos Coup in the Philippines, Australia’s historic win in the 1984 America’s Cup, the attempted Gorbachev Coup in Russia, and many other events. For Lateline, he interviewed many world leaders including Mandela, Thatcher and Gorbachev, and a diverse range of other top international figures like General Colin Powell.
He was Presenter and Interviewer for the ABC’s flagship investigative program, Four Corners.