Nick McKenzie is a leading Australian investigative newspaper and broadcast journalist. Tip off Nick anonymously using Whispli here or at email@example.com
He has won Australia’s highest journalism award, the Walkley award, seven times for work spanning a diverse range of topics. Nick has broken some of Australia’s biggest stories and is the most decorated journalist in the history of the Melbourne Press Club.
Nick works for Fairfax Media and his work appears regularly in Melbourne’s The Age newspaper (www.theage.com.au/investigations) the Sydney Morning Herald and the Australian Financial Review. He also presents special investigations for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s prestigious Four Corners television program and the 7.30 program.
His journalism has included major exposes of corruption and the abuse of power in government and policing agencies, failings in the criminal justice system, corporate corruption, human rights abuses, the abuse of disabled Australians in care homes, abuse scandals in religious organisations, the exploitation of migrant workers and doping and match fixing in sport.
His series of reports over several years on dealings between multinationals and foreign leaders have led to the resignation of the chief executive of the Australian Securities Exchange in connection to a payment made to the sister of Cambodian president Hun Sen; sparked an Australian Federal Police inquiry into the alleged bribery of the Republic of Congo’s President by an Australian mining firm; exposed a $7 million payment by engineering giant UGL to Hong Kong’s chief executive CY Leung, fueling street protests and sparking an ICAC inquiry; and prompted investigations by the FBI, Department of Justice and UK Serious Fraud Office into the Unaoil oil industry scandal.
He has also reported on national security and terrorism, immigration, organised crime, defence issues and federal and state politics. His reporting on international affairs has included in-depth stories on the work of the UN International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, the activities of mining companies in the third world and the Unaoil oil industry scandal.
McKenzie often works with whistleblowers and in 2015 created a major legal source protection precedent in the Supreme Court of Victoria by refusing to reveal his confidential sources in a court case.
His investigations with colleague Richard Baker have helped prompt major national and state government and police inquiries. For instance, McKenzie’s investigation of alleged bribery involving the Reserve Bank of Australia sparked a national scandal and led to Australia’s first ever foreign bribery prosecution; his investigation into human trafficking led to the re-opening of a murder investigation by police and the charging of a human trafficker with murder; his inquiry into alleged political bribery by mafia figures sparked a federal police probe; his exposes of abuse in the Catholic Church helped sparked a Victorian government parliamentary inquiry.
Nick is a regular speaker at Australian and international conferences and has given key-note speeches on many topics, including human trafficking, corporate corruption and journalism. He has been a guest speaker at universities and for the International Bar Association and the Australian Defence Force. He is available to deliver speeches and presentations.