Speakers Profile - Michael Usher

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From the moment Michael started his career in Journalism he has not stopped travelling to all sorts of weird and truly wonderful places, from the Australian outback to the different corners of the globe.

Five months after starting as a cadet TV reporter for regional broadcaster GWN in Bunbury, Western Australia, he was sent to the network's Kalgoorlie outpost in the state's Goldfields.

It was a steep learning curve but a step up from Cadet to D-grade journalist, a graduation of sorts.

After his bush apprenticeship, Michael joined the Nine Network as a reporter in the Perth newsroom. And in late 1993, he moved to Nine's Sydney newsroom.

Three years later, he became the Nine Network's Olympics reporter, eventually leading coverage of the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games. Michael's been lucky enough to cover 4 Olympic games and 2 Commonwealth Games.

In 2001, Michael was appointed to the Nine Network's US bureau as a Correspondent. And in 2004 became the London News bureau chief.

In his 5 years as a foreign correspondent for Nine, Michael travelled the world covering some amazing events. The 9/11 attacks, terrorism in London and Madrid, war in Iraq, the death of Pope John Paul II, the Columbia Space Shuttle disaster and a fair dose of red carpet showbiz in Hollywood.

In 2006 Michael returned to Australia and presented Nightline for two years. And in 2009 he joined 60 Minutes.

It's an incredible journey working as a reporter for 60 Minutes. Michael's journeys have taken him from the deserts of Ethiopia, to war in Afghanistan, standing on Alaskan glaciers, trekking Kokoda, sailing the Galapagos Islands and everywhere in between.

And in every location, there's always someone telling an incredible story.

The travel is incredible, but that also unfortunately means an incredible amount of time away from home and Michael's wife and 3 young children.