Speakers Profile - Nick Bryant


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During his distinguished career with the BBC, Nick Bryant came to be regarded as one of its finest foreign correspondents and also its leading authority on the United States. He has covered some of the most momentous events of our time. The attacks of September 11th, the war in Afghanistan, the Asian tsunami, the death of Princess Diana, the impeachment of Bill Clinton, the election of Barack Obama and the rise of Donald Trump.

He has also interviewed some of the world’s leading figures in politics and the arts: Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, Tony Blair, Gordon Brown, Antonio Guterres, Kevin Rudd, Malcolm Turnbull, Leonardo DiCaprio, Elton John, Margaret Atwood, Alec Baldwin and Greta Thunberg.

In addition to his broadcast work, he has written for The Washington Post, The Economist, The Spectator, The Guardian, The Times, The Independent, Foreign Policy, The New Statesman, Good Weekend, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, The Australian, Australian Women’s Weekly and The Monthly.

As well as the BBC, he has appeared on CNN, MSNBC, SBS Channel Nine, Channel Seven and Channel Ten. He regularly appears on the ABC and also hosts the podcast Journo.

He is the author of four books, including the critically-acclaimed When America Stopped Being Great: A History of the Present, which made it onto Joe Biden’s desk in the Oval Office, and The Rise and Fall of Australia: How a Great Nation Lost its Way.

His first book, The Bystander: John F. Kennedy and the Struggle for Black Equality is regarded as the definitive historical work on JFK and civil rights. The Washington Post has described him as “a genuine rarity: a Brit who understands America.”

He is a history graduate from Cambridge University, and holds a doctorate in US politics from Oxford University. After spending the last eight years in New York, he now lives in Sydney with his wife and three children.