Biography And Awards

Nick McKenzie has won Australia’s highest award, the Walkley, seven times and is the most decorated journalist in the history of the Melbourne Press Club Quill awards.
In 2015, he was awarded a Churchill Fellowship and was also named the RMIT University Alumni of the Year.
Nick McKenzie began his career as a cadet journalist at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, before joining the ABC investigative unit in 2003, where he broke major national stories on terrorist financing, Al Qaeda, and, abuse in immigration detention centres.
Since then, his work has covered an incredibly diverse range of issues and has helped prompt major national and state inquiries and drive social change.
McKenzie’s work has also led to multiple parliamentary inquiries, including into the abuse of disabled Australians in care homes, into corporate corruption, and, into abuse by those in religious organisations.

In 2009, Nick and colleague Richard Baker’s investigation into alleged foreign bribery involving two companies owned by the Reserve Bank of Australia sparked a national scandal and led to the nation’s first ever foreign bribery prosecution. Much of Nick’s work has been produced with Richard.

Nick has contributed to several journalism text books and has traveled extensively as a reporter including to to Calabria, Italy (for an expose of the mafia’s infiltration into Australian politics), to the Philippines to investigate the impact of mining, and to Papua New Guinea to investigate corruption and rule of law issues.

In 2004, he won his first Walkley award (Australia’s highest journalism award) and a Melbourne Press Club investigative reporting award for his expose on Victorian police corruption and the murder of a state corruption witness. His work prompted the Victorian Government to call an independent inquiry by Tony Fitzgerald QC which was later tabled in the Victorian Parliament.

While at the ABC, he worked on investigative stories for the 7.30 Report and 4 Corners, before joining The Age’s investigative unit in 2006. In 2008, he won a Gold Quill and and his second investigative reporting Quill for his work exposing the misconduct of one of Australia’s leading surgeons.

Nick McKenzie won another Walkley award in 2008 for his expose of organised crime in Australia’s horse racing industry, including the bribery of a leading Australian jockey by organised crime figure Tony Mokbel.

In 2013, Nick and his colleague Richard produced a series of major stories exposing corruption and drug trafficking in Australia’s customs service. Their reporting sparked major reforms.

Nick continues to produce investigative reports for the ABC’s prestigious Four Corners program while also reporting for Melbourne’s The Age newspaper, the Sydney Morning Herald and the Australian Financial Review.