George Negus

 

George's 30 years at the forefront of the Australian media has included his unforgettable contributions to two of the country's most successful television current affairs programs - 60 Minutes as a reporter and ABC TV's Foreign Correspondent as presenter.

After studying arts and later journalism at Queensland University and pursuing a career into his late 20s as a high school teacher, George entered journalism with several years reporting for The Australian and the Australian Financial Review newspapers. In between, there was a brief stint as a political reporter in Canberra. This led to his first political interviews on the irreverent and highly regarded ABC program This Day Tonight .

George's unique list of interviewees and profiles over the years, national and international, is eclectic. It spans politics, the arts and sport, and includes Bob Dylan, Steven Spielberg, Australian band INXS, Jane Fonda and his infamous interview with Margaret Thatcher. In his incisive tracking of both the Middle East and Northern Ireland conflicts, he spoke to world leaders and international peace-brokers.

He has interviewed many of Australia's Prime Ministers and a myriad of antipodean icons including Cathy Freeman and Paul Hogan, plus many not-so-famous Australians from suburbs and rural areas.