Speakers Profile - Michael Usher


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Michael Usher has lived a lifetime … in 60 Minutes – his journey as a reporter on Australia’s popular news and current affairs show taking him through scorching deserts, freezing glaciers and everywhere in between.

Michael’s career in broadcast journalism began in Western Australia – as a final-year cadet at Golden West Television Network in 1990, followed by posting in Bunbury and Kalgoorie before he joined STW9 Perth.

Michael made the move to Sydney and set up office with the team at TCN 9. Here, he reported the Atlanta Olympics then lead coverage of the 2000 Sydney Olympics (and the subsequent two Olympic and two Commonwealth games).

However, his avid passion for travel and history were exploited with his assignment to the Nine Network’s US Bureau as a correspondent in 2001, and London Bureau (covering Europe and Middle East) in 2004. During this half decade as a foreign correspondent, Michael covered many of the major stories that defined the generation, including: the September 11 terrorist attacks in New York, subway bombings in London and Madrid, war in Iraq, death of Pope John Paul II and Colombia Space Shuttle.

Upon returning home in 2006, Michael presented Nightline. In 2007 he was appointed news presenter for the Sunday program. He filed reports for 60 Minutes as a contractor in 2008 before joining the team a permanent member in 2009 – hosting the first leaders’ debate between Julia Gillard and Tony Abbott prior to 2010 Australian Federal Election.

In 2017 Michael made the moved across to Channel Seven and is the anchor and weekend news reader, and host of The Latest and regularly fills-in for popular breakfast show. In his 3 years Michael has also hosted other successful shows including; Murder Uncovered and has covered other events including the recent elections and the Royal Wedding for the network.