Speakers Profile - Tony Eastley

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Tony Eastley is a former foreign correspondent and one of the ABC's most experienced television and radio presenters. Each morning at eight o'clock around one million Australians hear him on the current affairs flagship radio programme, AM which he has presented for eight years. On Saturday evenings on ABC News 24 he hosts the television news review show, "The World This Week".

Before joining AM Eastley anchored the 7pm television news in NSW for two years. Before that he was ABC TV's main Sydney weekend news presenter and before that he anchored the lunchtime national news programme, The World At Noon.

Eastley co-anchored with Kerry O'Brien, the News and Current Affairs division's critically acclaimed special coverage of the 9/11 terrorist attacks in the United States and the subsequent war in Afghanistan. He also presented rolling coverage of special events including the Yugoslavia/ Kosovo war, East Timor, and the fall of Indonesia's President Suharto.

Tony Eastley joined the ABC in 1979 after completing a journalist cadetship with The Examiner newspaper in Launceston. He was an ABC foreign correspondent based in Singapore (1988-1990) and Hong Kong Bureau Chief (1990-1992). He won a Logie and a Gold Medal in the New York Television Festival for reporting the crushing of student riots in Bangkok, and was a Walkley Award finalist for his coverage of Tiananmen Square demonstrations in Beijing in 1989.

Returning to Australia from his overseas postings, Tony presented First Edition, the ABC's breakfast TV news show (1993-1995) from Melbourne, and then moved to ABC Radio Current Affairs in Sydney where he hosted The World Today (1995-1997). He's AM's longest serving presenter.